The ‘Bockers spat in the face of their greatest enemy, the third quarter. Usually New York’s bugaboo, the third quarter became a springboard on Saturday night as they turned a seven-point halftime lead into a blowout tanks to a 42-17 period. The starters dominated, turned it over to the bench, and the bench dominated even harder.
Frank Ntilikina had a career-high 15 points in this one, capped off by a four-point play.
And it wasn’t like he got all of those points in garbage time—Frank scored 7 points in the first half.
Hell, he didn’t even get much garbage time—Jeff Hornacek took him out for Jarrett Jack with seven minutes remaining.
Hornacek and Rambis when Frank has a good game pic.twitter.com/Wn4ja2rCZq— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) March 18, 2018
Jeff Hornacek when he’s able to put Jarrett Jack in the game pic.twitter.com/NX13pXUTYz— Matt Spendley (@mattspendley) March 18, 2018
All told Frank got 20 minutes of playing time after Hornacek told reporters pre-game that Lance Thomas needed to start for the missing Courtney Lee because he was needed to check Nicolas Batum. Whatever. Frank overcomes.
Recap to come.