Knicks takeaways from Saturday’s 112-103 loss to the Trail Blazers, including fourth quarter slump
Here are the main takeaways…
– Tom Thibodeau was unhappy with his team’s slow start and called a timeout with 9:11 left in the first quarter as Portland led 7-0. Julius Randle put the Knicks on the board with an elbow jumper to make it 12-2 after the team missed its first five shots. Quentin Grimes and Evan Fournier both found Taj Gibson under for two easy dunks as the Knicks got back into the game.
Reddish cam tied the game with two free throws, and Randle then gave the Knicks a 19-16 lead after converting the one-and-one with 1:49 left in the first.
– Emmanuel Quickley was fouled attacking the rim as the clock ran out and gave the Knicks a 23-20 lead late in the first quarter. They closed with a 23-8 run, shooting 40% from the field and holding the Trail Blazers to just 31.6% shooting.
– Gibson’s third dunk of the game put the Knicks up 29-28, then Reddish stole a backcourt pass for an undisputed two-handed slam to go up three points and force the Blazers to call time out with 6:41 to play in the second quarter.
Kemba walker finished a four-point game to boost the team, then after a Anfernee Simons three runs, Grimes and Walker hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to give the Knicks a 49-46 lead. Walker had nine of 11 points in the second quarter and the Knicks led 53-48 at halftime. Despite the three late runs, New York shot just 4 of 17 from the bottom of the half.
– Walker and Grimes continued their deep shot, putting the team up 62-51 early in the third quarter. The Knicks then began running away from the Blazers. Grimes made three straight possessions midway through the quarter and hit his fourth of the third with 4:55 left to give the Knicks an 82-59 lead.
Michael Robinson returned from an ankle injury and threw an alley-oop dunk for his first bucket, giving the Knicks a 92-77 lead late in the third. New York outscored Portland 39-29 in the quarter, going 7 of 14 from three-point range.
– The Trail Blazers did not go away without a fight, taking the lead early in the fourth quarter. Simons drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it a nine-point game, then Ben McLemore made a three as the Blazers trailed 98-92. Simons converted on a layup and one, shooting within three points.
Justice Winslow found a cutting Jusuf Nurkic for a wide-open dunk to give the Blazers a 99-98 lead with 4:23 left in the game. Alec Burk and Simons traded threes, as Portland led 102-101. The Blazers pulled away to close out the comeback victory, outscoring the Knicks 35-11 in fourth.
Randle finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and six assists. Walker had 23 points with four three-pointers and Grimes had 20 points with five three-pointers. Simons led the Blazers with 30 points, including six threes.
The Knicks return home Monday and will face the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7:30 p.m.