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Knicks takeaways from Tuesday’s 123-107 win at the Trail Blazers, including bench stepping

March 14, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) drives to the basket during the first half against Portland Trail Blazers guard Matisse Thiboule (4) at Moda Center. / Troy Vereen-USA TODAY Sports

knicks Tuesday ended the West Coast road trip with a 123–107 win over the Trail Blazers.

Together jalen brunson miss another game due to foot pain, Emmanuel Quickly together started at their place Julius Randle, Quentin Grimes, RJ Barrett And Michelle Robinson,

Here are the takeaways….

The game started badly for the Knicks. They missed every shot, and the turnover helped Portland take an 8–0 lead with nine minutes left in the first quarter. tom thibodeau time up. A Barrett three got the Knicks on the board with less than eight minutes remaining, the Knicks were 0-for-7 from the field prior to that shot. Randle didn’t get his first field goal until two minutes left in the quarter. The Knicks would briefly cut the Blazers down by 10, but give up a few baskets after one to go down 33–20.

Randle finished with 10 points on 3 of 11 but picked up his third foul in the closing seconds of the quarter. The Knicks shot only 32 percent (7-of-22), including 1-8 from three. Portland shot 50 percent (13-of-26).

Second quarter begins Josh Hart, Isaiah Hartensteinbarrett, obi toppin And miles mcbride, Some threes from Toppin and McBride forced a Portland timeout as they reduced the lead to single digits. Both teams would go on a mini run to bring the score to 50–40 with less than four minutes remaining, which Randle checked back in. damian lillard Took charge of getting to the basket to draw fouls, which were at a premium this quarter. Portland did not score a field goal for the final three-plus minutes before Lillard hit a three in the closing seconds to take a 55–49 lead at halftime.

The Knicks improved to shoot 40 percent (8 of 20) in the second quarter, but it was their defense and rebounding that put them back in the game. He allowed Portland to shoot just 26 percent (6 of 23). Randle led the team with 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting (he shot 7-of-9 from the free-throw line). Quickley had nine points on 3-of-7 shooting while Hart and Barrett added eight and seven points, respectively.

– The Knicks started the third offensive and got on the line. They would tie the game at 55 with 10 minutes to go. The tide soon turned when Lillard was fouled on a three. After making the first two, he missed the third free throw, but picked up his rebound and hit a jumper for an unorthodox four-point possession. A backdoor-screen later, that put Portland up 66–61, and Thibodeau had to take a timeout with 7:45 remaining in the third quarter. The Knicks would pull away with defense and balanced scoring and eventually took their first lead of the game at 75–74 with 3:54 remaining. An 11–2 run by the Knicks – highlighted by two McBride threes – gave New York its biggest lead at 86–78.

The 42-point quarter gave the Knicks a strong 91–81 lead heading into the final quarter. He shot 71 percent (15 of 21) from Portland’s 35 percent. The Knicks’ offense was balanced as Randle (20), Quickley (23) and Barrett (17) contributed to New York’s scoring so far. Lillard had an impressive 32 points at this point, but he didn’t get much help. Next highest scoring was Blazer matisse thiboul And anfernie simmons with 14 digits.

– The Knicks start the fourth with a 5-0 run, all by McBride. The Knicks got to the basket whenever they wanted against this Blazers defense, in which the bench put up good minutes for Thibodeau. The Blazers hit some threes to try to get back inside, but great defense in the Bay midway through the fourth stopped them. Lillard, who finished with 38 points, would try to keep it close, but the Knicks clawed their way out and won 123–107.

The Knicks bench was the story of this game. He outscored Portland’s bench, 45–12. McBride had career-highs in points (18), three made (4) and blocks (2) to go along with his three assists and one steal. Hart nearly had a triple-double, scoring 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Toppin contributed with 11 points and Hartenstein picked up 11 rebounds off the bench.

This version of the Knicks Big Three scored north of 20 points. Quickley had 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting (4-8 from three), Randle had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Barrett scored 22 points.


what will happen next

The Knicks return home to face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.



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