Shorthanded Knicks Can’t Keep Up. Golden State 105 NY 96

The COVID protocols continued to bash the fully vaccinated Knicks, as RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, and now Quentin Grimes — the 3-pt hero of the previous game vs the Bucks — were all out. Still the Knicks played tough and were only down 5 with 5 minutes left in this game. Julius Randle had a strong game and Miles McBride got a chance for extended minutes, but Golden State pulled away at the end in this close game.

Stephen Curry set the all-time record for 3 pointers made early in this game at Madison Square Garden.

1. McBride’s Strong Game

The highlight of the night for the Knicks was the 20 minutes played off the bench by Miles “Deuce” McBride. With Barrett and now Quentin Grimes both out, coach Tom Thibodeau went to McBride — and he looked real good.

McBride had 8 points on 3-8 shooting (2-4 from 3) and 4 rebounds for a -1. He played the aggressive, hounding defense that he is noted for against Curry. Curry was ‘limited’ to 22 points on 8-19 shooting.

2. Randle Played Like a Star

Julius Randle broke out of his recent slump and played like a star, carrying the Knicks for most of the evening. He had 31 points on 10-21 shooting (5-8 from 3, 6-6 in free throws) with 7 rebounds.

3. Backcourt Firepower for NY

Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Immanuel Quickley added to the backcourt firepower with 15, 14 and 12 points respectively, and Kevin Knox looked good again as first man off the bench (with Toppin out). Knox had 9 pts.

Mitchell Robinson and Nerlens Noel combined for only 5 points but 4 blocks (Noel had 3).

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