How It Happened:
Los Angeles looked to have captured momentum in Monday’s contest early in the second quarter when the road team built a 34-26 lead. Head coach Jeff Hornacek called a timeout and the Knicks responded in a major way with a 10-4 run while outscoring the Clippers 30-10 in the second frame. In the third quarter, Los Angeles managed to trim New York’s lead down to 66-61 but once again, the Knicks rattled off a 7-3 run to stretch the lead. New York never looked back in the 107-85 victory and notched its eighth home win this season. The Knicks improved to 9-7 overall while Los Angeles suffered its ninth straight defeat.
Knick of the Night:
Doug McDermott provided a jolt of energy on the offensive side of the floor by connecting on 5-of-11 shots from the floor and 5-of-7 from downtown. The sharpshooter scored 16 points in 30 minutes of court time to go along with five boards.
Kristaps Porzingis posted a game-high 25 points, Jarrett Jack was a stabilizing force in the first quarter and finished with 11 points and seven dimes, and Enes Kanter recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 boards.
The Knicks defense held Los Angeles to 85 total points, which is 14 under its average of 104.9 points per game this season. New York limited the Clippers to 37.5 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers in the win.
News and Notes:
Ron Baker and Joakim Noah were inactive tonight.
The Knicks will return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night for a matchup against the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff scheduled for 7:30 PM.