Knicks Beat Raptors 102-96
The Knicks have fought their way back to an even record (27-27) with a much needed win last night at the garden defeating the Toronto Raptors 102-96.
The New York Knicks have found a way to finish games, with an amazing comeback on Friday night down 13 with just over 6 minutes left, forcing overtime, and beating the Memphis Grizzlies 133-129.
The play of RJ Barrett has been almost superstar status at times, making clutch shots behind the arc, driving to the basket, drawing fouls and making his free throws at the line.
Barrett’s improvement over last year is extremely notable and at 20 years old, the youngest player on the Knicks roster, he is becoming an all star in this league.
Prior to Friday’s win over the Grizzlies, the Knicks lost 5 of their last six and were tumbling towards the bottom of the playoff list.
The last two games are credited to the play of the Knicks Bench with Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Immanuel Quickley along with some great defensive plays down the stretch.
The Knicks are currently in the eight spot in the Eastern Conference and only two games separate them from the four other teams above them (Celtics, Hornets, Heat and Hawks).
The Knicks three-point shooting has been much improved, up until last night they were 7th in the league from three point range.
One of three big reasons for their three point stats is Julius Randle who has become the assists leader on the team, the big man draws in the defense, demanding double coverage, and then kicks it out to the open man, many times one of his favorite targets, Reggie Bullock.
The Knicks have a tough schedule with the Lakers at Madison Square garden tonight, then two on the road at New Orleans Wednesday, and Dallas on Friday.
The key is taking quality shots and playing good defense and if they can do that they have a good chance to make their first post season appearance in eight years.