Rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo combined for 50 points in the 120-114 win against the Boston Celtics.
The New York Knicks lost Carmelo Anthony due to a sprain ankle and foul troubles from rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis, but they found a way to stay in the game. They had other contribute to the team success yet again. Derrick Williams off the bench finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jerian Grant scored 16 points, adding eight assists in one of the best games of his young career. Grant stepped up against a good Celtics backcourt, giving him more confidence moving forward.
”It was a good win. Definitely every guy that touched the floor helped us in some way, even if it was for a minute or two,” coach Derek Fisher said according to the Associated Press. ”Jerian made plays for himself and other people and that really impacted the game in a major way.”
Knicks have won five out of their last six games in the month of January. They started to show more trust within each other in ball movement and effective scoring off assists. In the first quarter they shot 66 percent from the field, leading the Celtics by 9. Then they were up 14 in halftime before Anthony was out of the game with the injury. Celtics started to get hot in the third thanks to Isaiah Thomas, scoring 34 points. Jae Crowder also had 21 points, but wasn’t enough as they squander another loss in a close game.
”Very frustrating, especially when they’re winnable games,” Thomas said according to the Associated Press. ”We’re just not doing enough of the little things to win these games. Hopefully, it will change.”
Knicks on the road go up against the Brooklyn Nets tonight at 7:30 on MSG Network and YES.