The New York Knicks turned up the desert heat in the second half en route to a convincing 101-88 victory Friday night in their Summer League opener. The Warriors, put up a tough fight in the first half, but while they were mostly a one-man squad powered by Moses Moody (game-high 34 points), the Knicks featured a much more balanced attack.
Most Knicks fans tuned in to watch Quentin Grimes go hog wild from beyond the arc. While the young sniper mostly misfired from three (4-14), he was still a dynamo on offense, scoring 24 points and chipping in a team-high 8 assists.
Many of those assists were lobs to center Jericho Sims. The Warriors frontcourt had no answer for Sims (16 points on 7-8 shooting, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks).
But we all knew Sims could do this. The real revelation in the Knicks’ frontcourt Friday night was the play of PF Feron Hunt. The forward signed a two-way contract with the Knicks late last season and made the front office look like geniuses on Friday with 17 points (on 8-12 shooting), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and SEVEN steals.
Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga came in as the most ballyhooed big man in this matchup, but Sims and Hunt embarrassed him.
Miles McBride (14 points, 7 assists) also showed some quality for New York. Good game all around. Would watch again! Have a good night, y’all.