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Last night, Madison Square Garden was transformed into Emmanuel Temple.
Immanuel Quickley scored 8 of 16 points to score an increase in the fourth quarter as the Knicks rallied to beat the Indiana Pacers, 92-84 at Madison Square Garden last night.
Quickley was 5 for 9 and 4 for 4 from beyond the arc. After a slow start to the season, the second-year goaltender has upped his level of play, especially his three-point shooting. In his last six games, Quickley is 15-28 on a three-point range.
The victory ended a two-game losing streak and a three-game slippage at home. He also avenged the Knicks’ 111-98 loss to Indianapolis almost two weeks ago.
“Indiana played great basketball â, coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game. âIt’s a tough team to face. They play hard, they are hard, play smart so it’s a good win for us.
Julius Randle had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but he only attempted one shot in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose had another solid game with 14 points off the bench, including a few big buckets in the fourth quarter. The Knicks bench dominated the Pacers’ second unit, 44-13.
The Knicks continued his tendency to lethargic third trimester and looked to be heading for a fourth straight home loss, but Quickley provided a much needed spark and his energy was infectious.
The Knicks led by 12 in the third quarter, but they stepped up their game and ultimately played the type of defense that defined last season as they kept the Pacers 10 points on 2 of 21 shots in the fourth quarter. Indiana failed to score in the final seven minutes. “Ten points in the fourth is Knicks basketball”, Randle said.
The starters have Well Named take some heat for their play recently while the bench bailed them out.
Kemba walker tried to change this narrative as he came out pulling asd hit his first four hits To total of 8 points, but the Knicks didn’t get much else in the first quarter. The Knicks shot 35% from the field and missed their first nine three point attempts as they trailed the Pacers after one, 20-16.
The Knicks were led by one at halftime but the Pacers opened a 68-56 led in the third quarter. RJ Barrett, who continued his fall in shooting for two and a half quarters, finally got a 0 for 6 start with three consecutive pointers to reduce the Pacers’ lead to 70-62.
“Those three were great pace threes, âsaid Thibodeau. The defense has collapsed, he’s upside down, you get into your shooting, great games and that’s what got him going.
Indiana again led by eight points late in the third quarter, but Alec Burks hit a whopping three points in the last minute to reduce the deficit to five points, as the Knicks entered the fourth quarter behind, 74-69.
Quickley’s play set the Garden crowd on fire then, with just over five minutes to go, the sophomore guard buried a three to give the Knicks the lead for good, 83-82.
Rose made a short sweater and found Barrett for an easy soak who capped an 8-0 run and sent the crowd into a frenzy. Barrett’s slam gave the Knicks an 87-82 lead with just over three minutes to go.
Indiana couldn’t buy a bucket on the stretch against a Knicks roster that included Barrett, Randle, Taj Gibson, Rose and Quickley. Starting goaltenders Walker, who finished with 16 points, and Evan Fournier (7 points) seen no minutes in the final stanza.
“Just the way the game plays out. They had a good pace, they played well, they took the lead, âsaid Thibodeau.
Gibson, the backup center, play 29 minutes after Mitchell Robinson played only 16 minutes and left the match with another ankle injury.
Thibodeau was satisfied with the movement of the ball which produced 22 passes from 37 baskets. I thought offensively that there was a great movement and there was great pace. We missed a few open shots but it was the right games and if we play like that we will have a good chance of winning â, he said.
The Knicks (8-6) improved to 3-4 at home. Rose knows how important it is to protect the pitch. “We want to be able to play with a certain urgency when we play here, a certain intensity and we were able to achieve it”, said the veteran guard.