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Pelicans 129, Knicks 124: Scenes from a quality loss

Remember, they’re just kids!

NBA: New York Knicks at New Orleans Pelicans Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes young teams play beyond their years. The Knicks are the youngest team in the league. Tonight they did not play beyond their years. They played exactly like you’d expect a high-energy, but ultimately very young team to play.

Oh, and the Pelicans happen to have the best power forward on the planet in Anthony Davis, and he sure as hell played like it with 43 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, leading the Pelicans on a big comeback and ultimately winning, 129-124.

But hey, there was a lot to like about the first 3 34 quarters of this one. The Knicks led by as much as 19, and it was certainly a pleasant development to see the team come out spunky after the last few stinkers.

Oh and Emmanuel Mudiay absolutely killed it today!

Strange (but good!) stat line for Mudiay, the starting point guard: 19 points, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals, zero assists. But he played quite well on both ends. Certainly the best game of his Knick career to date.

Trey Burke also shook off his strange DNP-CD from Wednesday night, cooking up 24 points in 26 minutes off the bench:

Mitchell Robinson had a tall task against Davis, and Davis certainly went off, but Mitch looked pretty damn good for a 20-year-old rookie against one of the best players in the league:

Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier all had their moments as well:

Feel like discussing this late loss? Happy for the tank? Sad for the loss? Call up KnicksFanTV and let CP and J. Ellis know what you’re feeling after this one:

Lots more to unpack, and MMiranda has you covered with the recap tonight.