The Knicks moved ahead in the standings however it nonetheless won’t be sufficient.
Beating Kristaps Porzingis and his Wizards, the Knicks slid into 11th place in the East, passing reeling Washington in a 100-97 Garden victory they almost blew on the finish.
A cushty 15-point fourth-quarter lead was whittled to one level with 40 seconds left after back-to-back 3-pointers by Washington’s Kyle Kuzma.
But with an opportunity to win it, Kuzma misfired on a 3 with 4.7 seconds left and RJ Barrett transformed his two free throws. Down three, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot an airball from 3 with Barrett defending and the Knicks held on.
Per traditional, Porzingis, the Knicks’ former lottery choose, was booed relentlessly on the Garden. But the Knicks have been solely cheered in profitable their fifth recreation in their final seven to proceed to stay on life assist in the play-in hunt.
Though he didn’t shoot effectively, Julius Randle scored 18 factors and had 17 rebounds because the Knicks improved their report to 30-40. They didn’t get any assist from the Hawks, although, who upset Memphis to hold the Knicks 5 video games again of the tenth seed with 12 video games to play.
Porzingis performed nicely, ending with 18 factors however his February addition hasn’t helped the Wizards profitable. Washington, which shot 41 p.c towards the Knicks, has dropped six straight.
Evan Fournier was 5-for-13 from 3-point vary and completed with 15 factors for New York. He is now 11 3-pointers shy of John Starks’ franchise report of 217.
The Knicks, who’ve been no increased than 11th this season, gained regardless of a nasty capturing night time from Barrett, who was simply 6-for-18 for 16 factors. Immanuel Quickley added 15 factors off the bench. Mitchell Robinson had 12 factors and 12 rebounds – 10 of which have been offensive.
The win was keyed by battering the Wizards on the glass. After three quarters, the Knicks mustered 17 second-chance factors to none for Washington.