Mar 14, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket during the first half against Portland Trail Blazers guard Matisse Thybulle (4) at Moda Center. / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
The Knicks finished their West Coast road trip with a 123-107 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
With Jalen Brunson missing another game due to a sore foot, Immanuel Quickley started in his place alongside Julius Randle, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson.
Here are the takeaways….
– The start of the game was rough for the Knicks. Every type of shot they attempted missed and turnovers helped Portland go out to a 8-0 lead with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter to force a Tom Thibodeau timeout. A Barrett three got the Knicks on the board with less than eight minutes remaining, the Knicks were 0-for-7 from the field before that shot. Randle didn’t get his first field goal until two minutes left in the quarter. The Knicks would briefly get the Blazers lead down to 10, but would give up a couple of baskets to go down 33-20 after one.
Randle ended with 10 points on 3-of-11 but picked up his third foul in the closing seconds of the quarter. The Knicks shot just 32 percent (7-of-22) including 1-of-8 from three. Portland shot 50 percent (13-of-26).
-The second quarter started with Josh Hart, Isaiah Hartenstein, Barrett, Obi Toppin and Miles McBride. A couple of threes from Toppin and McBride forced a Portland timeout as they cut the lead to single digits. Both teams would go on mini runs to put the score at 50-40 with less than four minutes to go, which is when Randle checked back in. He and Damian Lillard took it upon themselves to get to the basket to draw fouls, which were at a premium in this quarter. Portland did not score a field goal for the final three-plus minutes before Lillard hit a three in the closing seconds to push the lead to 55-49 at halftime.
The Knicks improved to shoot 40 percent (8-of-20) in the second quarter, but it was their defense and rebounding that got them back in the game. They allowed Portland to shoot just 26 percent (6-of-23). Randle led the…
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Publish date : 2023-03-15 04:45:50
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