Knicks swingman RJ Barrett had a career night, scoring a single-game-best 28 points in New York’s impressive road win over the Warriors.
The season of runs continues for the New York Knicks (8-8) as they have followed up their five-game losing streak with their second three-game winning streak of the year. This win came as a dominant 119-104 outing over the Warriors as the Knicks start their four-game west coast road trip. This was a late-night game on the east coast and Draymond Green’s weird ejection was certainly a heavy talking point online throughout, but there are many positive takeaways from this one as it was one of the best and most complete Knicks performances of the season.
The offense was the story of the first quarter as the Knicks were electric to start, putting up 40 points and taking an early lead against the Warriors. The second quarter consisted of the weird Green ejection, but that didn’t take away from the Knicks’ offensive performance in the first half, which helped them maintain the lead even at the time of the ejection and at halftime. R.J. Barrett led the way in controlling the offense with 18 points in the first half and showed the wide array of ways he can score.
The defense was the story of the second half holding the typically high-powered Warriors to just 19 points in the third quarter. Mitchell Robinson looked to be in rare form in the second half, flashing dominance on both ends of the floor. The Knicks were able to pull away in the third and cruised to a 15-point win—even withstanding a 30-point performance from two-time NBA MVP star Stephen Curry.
- R.J. Barrett impressed offensively with a new career high of 28 points.
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- Mitchell Robinson finished with a very impressive 18 and 8. He looked refreshed and was spectacular in the offense, including finishing a few impressive lobs off of pick-and-rolls. Seeing a fluid offense run between Barrett and Robinson is something by which all Knicks fans should be excited.
- Julius Randle had a very complete game with 16 points, an impressive 17 rebounds, and nine assists, but he very clearly wanted to get that 10th assist for the triple-double. Unfortunately, he came up one dime short.
- Alec Burks looked solid in his first game back from injury, he played 30 minutes off the bench.
- If the Knicks could continue to shoot 45% from three, that would be wonderful.
- While Obi Toppin still looks uncomfortable moving at times on both sides of the ball, he did finish some highlight dunks, and who doesn’t love that?
The Knicks continue their road trip with a back-to-back in NorCal as they seek to extend their winning streak to four against the struggling Sacramento Kings. It will be another late night for New York–native Knicks fans as the Friday night tip-off in Sacramento is at 10:00 p.m. EST.