The northwest division continues to show its dominance in Madison Square Garden, as the Denver Nuggets defeat the New York Knicks.

It’s another tough loss for the New York Knicks.

After being blown out by the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, the New York Knicks (14-59) were defeated by the Denver Nuggets (49-22) by a final score of 111-93. It was the third consecutive loss for the Knicks, and second loss in their current six-game homestand.

Denver was able to capitalize on New York’s poor defensive play from the start. After two Kevin Knox free throws with the game tied early in the first quarter, the Nuggets went on a 14-0 run and kept their lead the entire way. Outside of a small run in the second quarter, there was never a doubt Denver would win this one.

The Knicks struggled to prevent wide open shots. Denver’s offensive action left several players wide open from three-point range, allowing the Nuggets to push the lead within a few possessions. Denver finished 15-of-38 from beyond the arc, with at least three being wide open within a span of six possessions.

New York couldn’t match Denver’s firepower on the offensive end.

After a strong shooting performance in Wednesday’s blowout against Utah, the Knicks were cold from three-point range. New York finished 9-of-32 from beyond the arc, with just one player, Knox, hitting more than two. It was a poor overall effort, as New York finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field.

As a result of New York’s poor overall performance, several Denver players were able to capitalize on the score sheet.

The Nuggets finished with eight players scoring at least eight points or more, with six players scoring in double figures. Center Nikola Jokic led Denver with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and five assists in 28 minutes. Guard Gary Harris finished with 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range, while Monte Morris finished with 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

In their returns, New York guards Frank Ntilikina and Kadeem Allen played well on the defensive end. Both players were key in a second quarter spurt that helped the Knicks cut the deficit to 10 points. Ntilikina finished with five points in 25 minutes, while Allen finished with three points in 15 minutes.

The 2018 draft was represented well for the Knicks; Knox finished with 19 points and three rebounds, while Mitchell Robinson had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. Robinson now has 21 consecutive games with at least two blocks, a streak good for a fourth place tie among rookies with two or more blocks per game in NBA history. 

Some notes from tonight’s action

  • Starting with Mitchell Robinson here. He has dealt with fatigue issues for the most of the season and he does hunt for blocks at times, leaving him out of defensive position. Outside of that? He’s fantastic. He blocks shots, he’s improved his defensive rebounding numbers, and the game is slowing down for him. He should enter this offseason as the starting center for the 2019-20 New York Knicks.
  • Damyean Dotson had an awful night. Nothing was falling on the offensive end (1-of-7 from three) which impacted his defensive game, allowing Harris and Will Barton to get some very easy looks. Denver has a unique group of guards, but it was a night to forget for Dotson.
  • Welcome back, Frankie. Ntilikina played well in his 25 minutes, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the box score. He gambled a ton on defense, but he also did a solid job keeping Denver guards from entering the lane with ease. Five assists (who knew he could pass?!), four rebounds and a made three. Progress.

The Knicks remain home to host the Los Angeles Clippers (43-30) on Sunday, March 24th. Tip-off is set for 12:00 p.m. ET