The New York Knicks might not reach the fourth seed — the Hawks and Heat still have the upper hand if they both win out — but it won’t be for lack of trying. The Knicks trailed the San Antonio Spurs by 17 points in the third quarter following yet another Elfrid Payton crap-a-thon, but these Knicks don’t quit. Tom Thibodeau certainly won’t let them.
Thibs finally inserted Alec Burks — returning from a knee contusion — for the always-ineffective Payton, and the Knicks immediately stormed back. RJ Barrett went bonkers, hitting six shots in a row at one point.
RJ BARRETT HAS HIT HIS LAST SIX SHOTS— x - KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) May 14, 2021
PLAYING OUT OF HIS MIND RN pic.twitter.com/r3mZK1ilaq
Thibs rode Burks and the starters the entire fourth quarter — Julius Randle played 45 minutes! — and it paid off with a 102-98 victory. Alec Burks was the hero with 30 points and 10 rebounds. It was a huge performance given the fact that Derrick Rose was out with an ankle sprain.
Burks once again established himself as Mr. Fourth Quarter.
AB is on a mission.— x - NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) May 14, 2021
28 PTS | 9 REB | 5 3PM pic.twitter.com/wWQFJmIu1s
All told, the trio of Burks, Randle (25 points) and Barrett (24 points) scored 79 of the Knicks’ 102 points. But a win is a win!
Recap to come.