The New York Knicks extended their losing streak to eight games in the blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
The last time the Knicks faced the Spurs, in late February, the Knickerbockers snapped their franchise-record 18-game home losing streak. Tonight, they went back to their losing ways. The Spurs defeated the Dennis Smith Jr.-less Knicks, 109-83, in a dominant effort from start to finish.
The Knicks trailed 56-41 at the half but cut the score to within 10 points toward the end of the third quarter. However, the Spurs went on a run and outscored the Knicks 27-14 in the fourth quarter en route to their season-high seventh straight victory.
Let’s take a peek at what went down in tonight’s contest.
Dame Dot Goes Off
Damyean Dotson continued his hot streak tonight, scoring a game-high 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting and providing a much needed offensive spark for the Knicks. In the past three games, Dotson has posted 21, 18, and 26 points, becoming the go-to scoring option for the Knicks. In a lost year, Dotson has been one of the few young Knicks worth watching.
Kadeem Allen is NBA Material
Can we please keep this guy on the roster? When in New York, Allen has been nothing but impactful on the court. Playing in his first game with the Knicks since February 14th, Allen was recalled from Westchester and again looked solid in tonight’s contest. He posted 16 points, shooting a solid 7-of-10 from the field. Expect a performance like this, along with the current state of the team, to keep Allen on the Knicks for the rest of the season.
Another game, another DeAndre Jordan double-double. When the Knicks decide to give Jordan extended minutes, he is a true double-double machine. Tonight, he was one assist shy of a triple double, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists.
So far in his stint with New York, Jordan has been solid on the court and in developing rookie Mitchell Robinson. Let’s hope the Knicks decide to keep him around moving forward.
Knox’s Struggles Continue
The rookie wall has not been kind to the ninth-overall pick. After back-to-back solid performances, Knox’s struggles returned in tonight’s contest. In 25 minutes of play, Knox scored seven points on a dismal 2-for-7 shooting performance from the field, while adding just one assist and one block. It’s been a roller coaster ride kind of season for Knox—however, let us remember, he’s only 19 years old.
Vonleh Injured Early
Early in the contest, power forward Noah Vonleh left the game with an apparent right ankle injury. He was promptly ruled out by the Knicks for the rest of the game. It was hard to tell the severity of the injury, but Vonleh immediately hopped off the court and into the locker room with the training staff. We wish him the best and will inform you as soon as we hear more information.
The Knicks are back in action on Sunday, when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at 12:00 p.m. ET.