Many are wondering if it’s possible that the Knicks are finally starting to go up after a long period of frustrating results. Judging by the way they played last night, it is. Yet, it is too early for any long term predictions.
NYK Take Down Miami Heat
In the opening game of the day, the Knicks came back against the Heat, to snatch a win in an exciting finish. The Heat had an edge throughout the majority of the time, and they even had 7 points more with 4:42 to go. But Julius Randle stepped up, motivated after his personal tragedy, and simply demolished the guests from Florida. He had 11 points in the last five and a half minutes, from which many were essential.
His layup with 35 seconds left, was the key for the win at the Madison Square Garden, seventh after Mike Miller took over the head coach duties. With these two points, the Knicks were pretty much safe, although Miami had its chances to tie the event.
Randle finished the night with 26 points, 8 boards and four assists. RJ Barrett, the rookie out Duke University, added 23 with five boards, and the sophomore Kevin Knox 17 off the bench.
Among the guests, Jimmy Butler had a double-double 25 and 10 rebounds, with 6 dimes. Kendrick Nunn scored 20.
The Knicks are now 11-29, with the note that under Miller this team has 7 wins and 11 losses. On the other side, the Heat sits at 27-12.
Up next, the Knicks head for Milwaukee to face the league-leading Bucks, and afterwards have two games at home, against the suns and the 76ers.
Denver Routs LA Clippers
The Denver Nuggets suffered one hell of a slap in the face against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home two nights ago. A similar situation was getting ready for them this Sunday. After leading 20 points, they allowed the LA Clippers to hold them scoreless for more than four and a half minutes of the last period and to come down to just seven points.
However, Mike Malone’s crew snapped out of the desperation and responded, posting a huge 114-104 win over their direct rival for the place No.2 in the West.
Seven of the hosts’ players had 10 or more points, but Nikola Jokic led the way with 20 and 15 boards with 6 assists. Jamal Murray added 19, and Gary Harris 15.
Among the visitors, who were playing without Paul George, three players scored more than three-quarters of guests points. Kawhi Leonard dropped 30, Montrezl Harrell 25 and Lou Williams 26.
This interesting match between two contenders for the NBA finals indicated that the battle in the West is going to be a fantastic spectacle.
The Lakers are first at the moment with 32 wins and 7 losses, while the Nuggets and the Jazz trail five games behind. Houston and Clippers are slightly worse.
In other games of the night, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 108-86, while on in Canada, San Antonio made a big surprise to beat the Toronto Raptors. The result was 105-104 for the Spurs who were behind 18 points at one moment.