HOUSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Immanuel Quickley hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 factors to assist the short-handed New York Knicks beat the Houston Rockets 116-103 on Thursday evening.
New York snapped a four-game shedding streak, successful for simply the second time in its final 9 video games. Houston has misplaced 4 of 5 since a seven-game successful streak.
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Evan Fournier added 23 factors for New York, and Julius Randle had 21.
The Knicks had 4 gamers out due to the NBA’s well being and security protocols — R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes and Kevin Knox. On high of that, Derrick Rose began the sport however left with a sore proper ankle after enjoying simply 12 minutes.
“(Quickley) hit massive pictures,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “We had plenty of guys step up. We’ve obtained to proceed to work, defensively.”
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After Rose went down, Knicks rookie Miles McBride performed 36 minutes, greater than the 33 minutes he had performed mixed all season in six video games. McBride, a second-round pick of West Virginia, performed the whole second half, placing up 15 factors, 9 assists, 4 steals and three rebounds in a memorable breakout recreation.
“It actually feels nice, actually,” McBride mentioned. “It’s been exhausting, enjoying a special function than I’m used to my complete life. However the coaches and the vets have been encouraging me that my second would come.”
The Rockets have been short-handed, with starters Jalen Inexperienced, Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wooden coping with accidents.
The Knicks hit 17 of 36 3-pointers. Fournier made 3 of 6 from past the arc and hit 8 of 12 from the sector, and Randle made 3 of 8 3s. Quickley made 7 of 10 from lengthy vary.
“We wanted it massive,” Quickley mentioned. “Although the powerful instances, I really feel like we’ve caught collectively fairly effectively. Hopefully, we will flip this factor round as a result of it’s a protracted season. We simply wish to preserve persevering with to do the appropriate factor.”
Daniel Theis led Houston with 22 factors and 10 rebounds. Jae’Sean Tate had 20 factors, and Garrison Mathews added 17.
New York led 57-51 at halftime. Houston gained the second and third quarters and entered the fourth quarter down 84-82 earlier than operating out of fuel.
“We simply ran out of juice,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas mentioned. “You could possibly see it on the 50/50 balls, the hustle performs, on the rebounds — we simply ran out of fuel. Ran out of juice.”
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Knicks: Rose “tweaked” his ankle and is each day, Thibodeau mentioned. … New York outrebounded Houston 40-29. Alec Burks and Mitchell Robinson each had 9 rebounds. … Nerlens Noel had a number of blocks for a second straight recreation and for the sixth time this season. … The Knicks have gained 5 straight over the Rockets after shedding 27 of the earlier 29 conferences.
Rockets: Wooden (left knee tendinitis) is predicted again on Saturday in opposition to Detroit. … Tate obtained a technical within the third quarter after protesting a foul known as on him. … Houston had one other sluggish begin, defensively, permitting 39 first-quarter factors. The Rockets have allowed 35 or extra first-quarter factors in 4 straight video games after doing so simply twice within the earlier 25 video games.
TAKING EXTREME PRECAUTION
“It’s undoubtedly loopy proper now. I’ve been showering with my masks on.” — Quickley on the current elevated variety of COVID-19 circumstances
WHATEVER IT TAKES
When requested if there’s an opportunity a number of the 4 gamers within the well being and security protocol could possibly be out there for Saturday’s recreation in Boston, Thibodeau uncared for to take a position.
“Whoever we’ve, let’s go,” Clearly, they need to undergo the protocol. Security’s first. No matter we’ve obtained to do, we’ll do.”
HONORING RUDY T
The Rockets honored former participant and coach Rudy Tomjanovich for his induction into the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame this 12 months. He has essentially the most teaching victories in franchise historical past with 503 and guided the Rockets to back-to-back championships in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Hakeem Olajuwon was current to honor Tomjanovich.
Knicks: At Boston on Saturday evening.
Rockets: At Detroit on Saturday.
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