The Knicks offense was clicking throughout Wednesday’s home contest but the visiting Clippers delivered down the stretch to escape MSG with a 119-115 win. Both teams were prolific in the first half by combining for 135 points. New York outscored Los Angeles in the third frame 28-20 as Derrick Rose posted 10 of his 20 and Carmelo Anthony connected on a four-point play to conclude the period. The Knicks lead reached 10 points early in the final stanza before the Clippers marched back into the contest and took a two-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Courtney Lee hit Kristaps Porzingis on a 5-4 break to tie the game at 109-109 before the second-year man finished a thunderous jam again off a dime from Rose to hand New York a 111-109 advantage with a 1:56 to go. Jamal Crawford buried to clutch buckets and DeAndre Jordan finished a crucial tip-in while the Clippers finished the game on an 8-4 run to close the show in the win. Blake Griffin (32 points), Jordan (28 points), and Crawford (20 points) elevated their play with Chris Paul sidelined due to a torn ligament in his thumb.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony scored a team-high 28 points on 50 percent shooting to go along with nine boards on Wednesday night.
Kristaps Porzingis posted 27 points, Rose finished with 20 points, eight assists, and seven boards, and Kyle O’Quinn dropped 18 in 25 minutes of court time.
News and Notes:
Joakim Noah was sidelined for his second straight game with a sore left hamstring.
One glaring statistic in the box score was the differential in fast break points. The Clippers outscored New York 30-6 in that category.
The Knicks will have a day to prepare for another home contest on Friday evening. Denver will make its lone trip to MSG this year for a 7:30 matchup on MSG Network.
by Jonah Ballow