Knicks End Strong on Toppin’s 42 Points, Quickley’s Triple Double. NY 105 Toronto 94

Obi Toppin continued his high-wire heroics, scoring a new career high of 42 points, and Immanuel Quickley had another Triple Double — leading the Knicks to a start-to-finish win over the Toronto Raptors, who were resting key players for the playoffs.

1. Toppin Terrific Again

Toppin’s 42 was another career high, after scoring a career-high of 35 points the previous game, after hitting a career high of 20 points 3 games ago and 4 games ago. Toppin was everywhere — and efficient — shooting 16-28 from the floor, 6-14 from 3, and 4-4 in free throws. He had 10 rebounds and 3 assists and a +8.

Toppin hit almost all his free throws late in the season — to finish with a free throw percentage of .758. He also finished averaging 9.0 ppg, and shooting 30.8 from 3 — which tells you how low his 3-pt pct was earlier in the year (when it was in the low 20% area). He ended up shooting 53% from the floor.

After the game, Immanuel Quickley told the story of him and Toppin driving in together: “He was like ‘I’m about to go crazy tonight’. I’m like ‘I’m about to go crazy too. I guess we both gonna go crazy!”

2. Quickley Goes Crazy Again

Quickley had 34 points on 12-26 shooting (4-9 from 3), 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

Quickley finished the year averaging 11.3 ppg (after 11.4 ppg as a rookie), 34.6% from 3 (after 38.9% as a rookie), and .881 from the free throw line (after .891 as a rookie). His Sophomore Jinx season vanished — he ended up having a good 2nd year — and a great end of year.

He showed he could be the point guard of the future.

3. Other Knicks

Jericho Sims had 14 rebounds and 6 points in 39 minutes — and a +27.

Taj Gibson played 17 minutes as the backup center.

Evan Fournier and Alec Burks chipped in with 6 and 10 points, respectively.

Point guard Ryan Arcidiacono — the Arch of Dimes — played 23 minutes and had 5 pts, 2 assists. And Feron Hunt played 7 minutes.


Julius Randle did not play — his sore quad keeping him out of the last few games of the year opening up playing time for Obi Toppin, and making Randle’s future as a Knick more dimmed with every sensational Toppin performance.

RJ Barrett was also out with the sore knee after a spill in the last game. Quentin Grimes was out with the sore knee after the knee cap injury, and Mitchell Robinson was out with injury as well.

The Raptors sat Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam.

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