Oh, you’re saying your favorite NBA team isn’t over .500? Sorry dude...can’t relate.
The Knicks were floundering in the third quarter against NBA Twitter’s favorite up-and-coming power, the Atlanta Hawks. ATL built a comfy 13-point lead and Elfrid Payton was taking way more shots than Elfrid Payton ever should. It was, in short, not a formula for success.
Suddenly, head coach Tom Thibodeau had a revelation. The Hawks were dominating with Trae Young, but what if the Knicks countered with their own diminutive guard with a penchant for getting buckets and drawing questionable fouls? Enter Immanuel Quickley.
QUICKLEY AGAIN pic.twitter.com/IBrUDWwneo— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 5, 2021
The rookie sensation played the rest of the game as New York stormed back for the 113-108 victory. Quickley finished with 16 points on 4-7 shooting, and even gave Trae a taste of his own medicine.
Immanuel Quickley giving Trae Young a taste of his own medicine, fouled on the three pointer pic.twitter.com/2bSHCKfWiC— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 5, 2021
The Knicks were led, yet again, by Julius Randle, who notched an impressive 28 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists. His biggest bucket of the night was a put-back to help push the lead to 6.
A little shake-and-bake before Randle cleans it up pic.twitter.com/6HyM64jQmh— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 5, 2021
RJ Barrett had his second strong game in a row, dropping 26 points (10-19 shooting), 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers.
RJ Barrett at the half against former teammate Cam Reddish:— RJ Barrett Stats (@RJBarrettStats) January 5, 2021
Austin Rivers played big fourth-quarter minutes yet again in place of Reggie Bullock. He continues to hit big shots.
Quickly to Rivers pic.twitter.com/F6ogNbeh4s— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) January 5, 2021
All credit to Thibs for scrapping his beloved starting lineup when it was proving ineffective.
What a win! Benny will have the recap.