The New York Knicks barely looked like a NBA team in recent games and they rode into Boston on the heels of a five-game losing streak. Well, they sure as hell looked like one Sunday afternoon, as the pounded the hated Celtics by the score of 105-75.
The Knicks started off with a different kind of defensive intensity on head coach Tom Thibodeau’s birthday (happy birthday, Thibs!), and the Celtics were ice cold. The game really got exciting when rookie Immanuel Quickley took to floor and put on a first-half floater clinic.
A floater clinic presented by Quickley ⬇️— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 17, 2021
11 first half points for the Rook pic.twitter.com/wcbrK4Yc0G
Still, the Knicks were only up 13 at the half, and with the way they’ve been playing of late, you couldn’t help but be a bit nervous. But the team put the screws to Boston in the third quarter, and the game quickly turned into a rout. Quickley capped off a 17-point, 8-assist night by burying a triple from lonnnnnng range.
Quickley's confidently popping Steph/Dame 3s now, START THIS MAN pic.twitter.com/SH5z4lMDrA— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 17, 2021
Fellow rook Obi Toppin had the best game of his brief pro career, with 12 points on 5-8 shooting, including a pair of triples.
Obi for 3, Knicks up 25 after 3 quarters!! pic.twitter.com/TUwrOWZvvm— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 17, 2021
The rooks even hooked up on the pick-and-roll, ending in this emphatic Obi jam.
Obi PnR for a dunk from Quick, MORE OF THIS PLEASE pic.twitter.com/FLjQHBNvda— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 17, 2021
The afternoon ended with the kids singing “Happy Birthday to You” to the coach after the game. Good vibes all around.
Matt Miranda has the recap. Stay golden.