This is the kind of victory that will mark the spirits at the Nets new edition. Still deprived of their stars, the Brooklyn players created a sensation in Madison Square Garden by signing a “remontada” almost never seen in their history. They thus offer themselves a second victory in a row since the debut of Seth Curry and Andre Drummond. The Knicks lost for the seventh time in eight matches (3 wins in 16 matches…) and went on an “All-star break” in the worst possible way…
However, the locals played like a dream in the first half. With a well-paced Julius Randle and a Quentin Grimes who scored all his points in the first quarter, New York took advantage of a great skill, and the absolute clumsiness of their opponents, to offer themselves 20 points. advance (38-18).
That gap continued to grow in the second quarter, led by a comfortable Obi Toppin near the circle. It was on an inside dunk, after a pass from Immanuel Quickley, that the Knicks scored their biggest gap (54-26). The Nets began to respond with good passing passes from Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin but the latter proved too soft to challenge two prize-winning shots from Julius Randle at the top of the key to keep New York a good distance away at the end. break (65-44).
With several 3-pointers from Seth Curry and circle attacks from James Johnson, the Nets dominated the third quarter but not enough to stabilize under ten points. After several passages on the throw line of Julius Randle, New York still led by 14 points (87-73) before the final period.
A fatal last quarter at the Knicks in which Cam Thomas will suddenly wake up. Accompanied by an inspired LaMarcus Aldridge under the circle or beyond, the rookie drove a 13-0 that allowed his team to equalize with four minutes remaining. Julius Randle may try to answer, Cam Thomas was too strong tonight.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Incorrigible Knicks. It’s the third time… this month (!) that the Knicks have lost after being 20 or more points ahead. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this is the first team to achieve this “feat” in 25 seasons. Before February, Tom Thibodeau’s men posted a perfect record of 9 wins – 0 losses in such circumstances. They are now tied with the Pacers for the most losses to a 20-point lead this season (three each).
– The resilience of the Nets. It is obvious that it is necessary to overcome such a gap. Without Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant or Ben Simmons, both in civilian clothes on the bench, the Nets derailed the Knicks’ dream game to gradually return to the game. Before the Cam Thomas festival, a host of players (James Johnson, Bruce Brown, etc.) were involved in this “comeback”, which can reassure Steve Nash about the quality and depth of his squad.
✅ cam thomas. He showed up at the start of the fourth quarter with a bad 2/11 on shots and 5 points. The rookie had just been beaten near the circle by Julius Randle then Mitchell Robinson. This did not prevent him from continuing to attack the circle and then finding his comfort zone from five meters with shots after screen at the head of the racket. Unstoppable, he had to be trapped at the end of the game, which opened up spaces for the others (Aldridge and Curry). With less than ten seconds remaining, the rookie landed an impressive dagger at least eight meters in stepback.
✅ Julius Randle. Seventh game in a row with 28 points or more, and fourth consecutive double-double, for the interior who cannot be blamed for much in this game. Even if he clearly eased off after the break (only 1/7 on shots in the third quarter).
✅ Andre Drummond – LaMarcus Aldridge. Big rebounding activity for both men. The first swallowed more than the duo Robinson – Randle by playing… only 23 minutes. The second, who fought a lot under the circle, was imperial at the end of the game.
✅ Immanuel Quickley. Top player on the Knicks bench who delivered his usual offensive punch with minimal waste.
✅ Seth Curry. Best shooter in the game with his 6/9 behind the arc, the back grew in power throughout the game. He finished with an impressive +27 to the score when he was in play. We would sometimes like to see him shoot more.
TAJ GIBSON DUNKE IN HIS BASKET
Everyone first thought that Andre Drummond, back in defense with a smile, had signed an authoritative tap after his miss near the circle. But the slow motion made it possible to realize that it was his opponent, Taj Gibson, who wanted to clear the circle, who dunked the leather in his own basket!
Knicks (25-34) : reception of the Heat, February 25.
Nets (31-27) : reception of the Wizards, the next night.