OKLAHOMA CITY — The Knicks left New York instantly following an embarrassing loss to the Thunder on the Garden flooring barely one week in the past.
They headed again dwelling (*34*) evening after sealing a profitable report on a frightening five-game highway journey with a redemptive victory over the crew that smashed them for 145 points on Nov. 13 at MSG.
Jalen Brunson poured in 23 of his season-high 34 points in the second half — and Julius Randle and RJ Barrett bounced again from poor capturing performances Sunday in Phoenix to attain 25 points apiece — as the Knicks seized a 129-119 victory at Paycom Center .
“What I used to be eager about was they form of punked us final time,” Brunson stated of the Thunder. “I wasn’t actually eager about precisely how they did it.
“They had the mentality that we did not final time we have been on the courtroom. My complete mindset was simply, ‘Let’s play arduous, let’s play more durable than them for 48 minutes and no matter occurs, occurs.’ We have been in a position to come out with a win.”
Randle, who scored a season-low 9 points towards the Suns, completed with 25 and 11 rebounds, whereas Barrett busted out of a five-game stoop with 25 points on 10-for-16 capturing, together with 3-for-4 from 3 – level vary. Brunson related on 14 of 20 field-goal makes an attempt and in addition registered 9 assists.
Immanuel Quickley added 18 points, together with 4 3-pointers, and Quentin Grimes had eight in 33 minutes in his second straight begin as the Knicks evened their report at 9-9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder (7-10) with 30 points after netting 37 in the Thunder’s eruption at MSG.
“They undoubtedly had our consideration from what they did in the Garden,” Quickley stated. “Any time any person places up, like, 150 points on the board, your antenna has to go up.
“We discovered from the movie and we discovered from what they did and we introduced a bit extra power and energy and we’re seeing the outcomes. We received a a lot wanted dub.”
The Knicks had cut up the first 4 video games of the journey — wins over the Jazz and Nuggets adopted by losses to the Warriors and the Suns. Those 4 groups entered Monday’s motion with a mixed report of 25-4 on their dwelling courts, with the lone losses for Utah and Denver coming final week towards the Knicks.
“The factor is it is like the video games maintain coming. We knew it might be a problem and generally happening the highway is nice for you,” Tom Thibodeau stated. “We discovered every recreation individually, went step-by-step. We know we now have numerous work to do. We should proceed to enhance. This provides us an opportunity to get dwelling, one other day of restoration and we are able to get again to work.”
To salvage a profitable report on the five-in-seven-day tour, Thibodeau actually wanted a greater effort defensively towards Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder than the Knicks put forth once they have been smacked for the most points they’ve allowed in any recreation this season in a 145-135 dwelling loss at the Garden eight days earlier.
The Knicks had eight steals in the first half, with Grimes and Miles McBride — taking part in rather than Cam Reddish (groin) and Derrick Rose (toe) — incomes reward from Thibodeau for his or her ball strain.
Barrett, who signed a four-year extension value a assured $107 million over the summer time, may hardly say the similar about his earlier 5 video games. He’d missed 23 of 25 makes an attempt from 3-point vary whereas connecting on simply 26.3 p.c from the flooring general (20-for-76) over his earlier 5 appearances.
After totaling simply 21 points on 7-for-22 capturing towards the Suns, Barrett and Randle mixed for 16 in the first quarter alone (*34*) as the Knicks constructed a 38-34 lead by way of one and 69-58 at halftime.
The Thunder slashed a 17-point Knicks cushion to seven halfway by way of the third, however Brunson netted 12 in the quarter for a 98-87 recreation coming into the last interval.
“We wish to go dwelling. But it was an amazing win to finish the journey,” Barrett stated. “We actually stayed collectively by way of this complete whole journey, so to finish it off with a win like this, was good, however we gotta get dwelling.”