That was unexpected! Seemed like the Knicks were headed for yet another loss at home to a fairly mediocre team, but Courtney Lee picked the team up off the floor midway through the fourth and basically dragged our boys to a win. It was fun to watch! Let’s get right to the highlights.
Kristaps Porzingis started the game off scorching hot, scoring 10 of the Knicks’ first 12 points on 4/4 shooting:
.@kporzee for ! #Knicks lead 14-11! #NYKvsCHA pic.twitter.com/WtpT6f0KI3— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 28, 2017
New York wasn’t able to build a legitimate lead, however, as Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose both played poorly in the first half. Here’s a good example of that awful Rose defense we’ve come to know and hate:
That's an all-star crossover from #KembaWalker pic.twitter.com/43LqZe1PYJ— NBA (@NBA) January 28, 2017
Luckily, our lord and savior Kristaps stayed killin’ it. I think it’s safe to say KP’s Achilles tendon was feeling fresh tonight:
#NYKvsCHA #Knicks pic.twitter.com/ZiqyH7erOW— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 28, 2017
X 2 #NYKvsCHA #Knicks pic.twitter.com/yE6gRII7mz— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 28, 2017
The Knicks opened up an 11-point lead with about 3 minutes remaining in the half, but shitty defense allowed the Hornets to cut it to 3 by the end of the quarter:
Did not need to switch this. Could've switched right back. #StopSwitchin pic.twitter.com/to3vWqndwq— Knicks Dude (@knicksdude) January 28, 2017
After halftime, the bad defense continued (shocker!). Marvin Williams started hitting a bunch of threes:
MARVIN now with a career-high-tying five three-pointers!!! #CHAatNYK #BuzzCity pic.twitter.com/l4MJV3pRwF— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 28, 2017
Melo picked it up a bit in the third quarter, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Knicks in front, as Charlotte held a 5-point lead heading into the fourth:
4th quarter coming up on @MSGNetworks. #NYKvsCHA @carmeloanthony: 16p@kporzee: 16p pic.twitter.com/uenoeJPi5r— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 28, 2017
So, yeah, things didn’t look too great for the Knicks. Derrick Rose left in the third after injuring his ankle and was ruled out for the game; Brandon Jennings got hot for a spell, but then immediately reverted to awful Jennings mode. The deficit never got too large, but regardless, it seemed like New York would lay down and let Charlotte cruise to a win.
Then Courtney Lee took over. Lee contributed 9 points and an assist in the final 4 and a half minutes of the game, which, along with his usual solid defense, almost single-handedly put the Knicks ahead. Unbelievably, I couldn’t find a single highlight from Lee’s scoring binge, so you’ll all have to settle for his celebration after he assisted Jennings on a corner 3 that pretty much locked up the win:
.@CourtneyLee2211 doin’ work! Lee with 16p & the dime to @brandonjennings for 3! #Knicks lead 105-101 with 1:19 to go. #NYKvsCHA pic.twitter.com/4y1bqpL7xs— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 28, 2017
Pump that fist, Courtney. You deserve it.
Joe’s got your happy recap. Yay Knicks!