Marcus Morris Sr. Puts On A Shooting Clinic, Winning Mike Miller His 1st NBA Game As A Head Coach: Knicks 124 Warriors 122 Review

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Recap

New York came out hot, playing some of their best basketball all season. The Knicks entered halftime with an 18 point lead, 68-50. New York’s lead at the half was due to their efficient offense and hard-nosed defense. They shot 58.1% from the floor and 60% from three as a team. The Knicks scored 32 points in the paint, nearing their average for an entire game (41.1). Marcus Morris Sr. (18 points), RJ Barrett (16 points), Bobby Portis (11 points), and Julius Randle (10 points), were all in double figures by halftime. New York held the Warriors to shoot 33.3% from the floor and 22.2% from three in the 1st Half. The Warriors bounced back in the 3rd Quarter, outscoring the Knicks 30-19, led by their 10 forced turnovers and shooting 60% from the field. The game was neck and neck down the stretch with the final made field goal coming from D’Angelo Russell, burying a corner three to tie the game with 5.5 seconds left. Elfrid Payton took a deep three at the buzzer for New York that rimmed out, sending the game to Overtime. In OT, the Knicks outscored the Warriors 12-10, to win the game. Glenn Robinson the III and D’Angelo Russell were the only Warriors to score in, meanwhile 5 Knicks scored in the period. Marcus Morris Sr. (36 points and 10 rebounds), Julius Randle (24 points and 13 rebounds), and RJ Barrett (22 points and 10 rebounds) all posted double-doubles. Mitchell Robinson just missed a double-double, finishing with 9 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Bobby Portis (15 points) and Elfrid Payton (14 points) gave the Knicks great minutes off the bench as well. Former lottery picks, Kevin Knox (2 points) and Frank Ntilikina (2 points and 4 turnovers), both played poorly.

Why The Knicks Won

The Knicks won this game despite their 19 turnovers, due to shooting efficiently, controlling the boards, and covering the three-point line. They shot an impressive slash of 47.8% from the floor, 41.4% from three, and 76.5% from the foul line. A large part of this was due to the Knicks big 3 of Morris Sr., Randle, and Barrett combining to score 82 points on a slash of 50% from the floor, 61% from three, and 81% from the charity stripe. Rebounding played a major role in this victory, as the Knicks outrebounded Golden State 69-53. New York finally had a good game defending the perimeter, holding the Warriors to shoot 10-37 (27%), from downtown.

Outlook

This was a much needed victory for the Knicks who were on a 10 game losing streak, entering the game. New York has found an identity, running a high-paced, halfcourt offense and controlling the glass. Elfrid Payton did a fantastic job in this game, running the offense and doing what was needed to pull out a victory. It will be interesting to see if he continues to close out games on the floor and if he will have the opportunity to join the starting lineup. The Knicks next game comes against the Sacramento Kings, who are a 11-13 and very beatable. It would be nice to see New York build off this win and bring home another W on the road.

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