Knicks takeaways from Saturday’s 134-128 OT loss to Clippers, including late heroics falling short

Feb 4, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) looks to drive past LA Clippers guard Terance Mann (14) in the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Brunson returned to the lineup, but the Knicks lost 134-128 to the Clippers in overtime on Saturday night.

After missing one game due to a non-COVID related illness, Brunson was joined by Julius Randle, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett and Jericho Sims in the starting lineup.

Here are the takeaways….

-The Clippers started off hot from beyond the arc, making four of their first five three-pointers to help Los Angeles get out to a 14-9 lead four minutes into the game. Brunson made his first three shots to keep the score close. However, a 12-2 Clippers run in the final three minutes gave Los Angeles a sizable 36-28 lead to end the first quarter.

The Clippers shot 61 percent in the opening frame, but it was their proficient three-point shooting that burned the Knicks. They made 7-of-10 from three, led by Paul George’s three three-pointers and 11 points overall. The Knicks shot 50 percent and were led by Randle’s nine points after one. Barrett, coming off his 30-point performance on Thursday, was 2-for-8 (0-for-2 from three) but attacked the rim in a similar fashion from the other night, the buckets were just not dropping.

-The second unit of Immanuel Quickley, Isaiah Hartenstein, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride and Barrett started the second quarter for the Knicks. Back-to-back threes from Toppin and Quickley cut the lead to two to start the frame. But a short run by the Clippers rebuilt their favorable lead. The three wasn’t going down for the Knicks, even in possessions where they had multiple attempts, and the biggest offender was Barrett. He missed two more threes in the frame, increasing his streak to 12 straight misses from beyond the arc — that would go to 15 straight before he finally made one in the fourth. Quickley, on the other hand, made three three-pointers in the second quarter. Both teams would go on runs as the Clippers held on to a 63-56 lead after two, which the Knicks should be grateful…


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Publish date : 2023-02-05 06:03:02

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