The New York Knicks pulled off their preseason opener without a hitch, dominating the Indiana Pacers throughout the evening en route to a 125-104 beatdown. As is he wont, head coach Tom Thibodeau kept his starters in against the Pacers’ second unit in the second half, turning a double-digit Knicks lead into a route.
Julius Randle started off slowly, but had himself a serendipitous moment to end the half.
Randle feasted in the third quarter, exiting with 20 points on 7-14 shooting, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.
Kemba Walker (12 points, 4 assists) scored the first bucket of the night for the Knicks, and went on to remind the world that he is still quite good.
All five Knicks starters scored in double-figures, including Evan Fournier (12 points), RJ Barrett (17 points) and even Taj Gibson (14 points).
Immanuel Quickley didn’t hit a three (0-4) but he continued his Summer League trend of point-guarding to the extreme. IQ had a team-high 7 assists, most of which were absolute dimes: in transition, in the pick-and-roll, and even moving backwards.
GREAT dish from IQ to Knox for the slam— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) October 6, 2021
Kemba looking on like a proud father pic.twitter.com/UHpA84XOS8
Obi Toppin looked smooth as hell on a couple of buckets, particularly this one.
Rookies Miles McBride and Quentin Grimes didn’t play much, which is the only sad thing you can say about this game. The Knicks look good, y’all!
Recap to come.