In a Hollywood heartbreaker, the Knicks took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and defending champions Lakers showed their skills as he survived a 101-99 overtime fight at the Staples Center on Tuesday night.
The Knicks had the game and the playoffs under their belts, but couldn’t stop these Lakers even with LeBron James watching from the bench.
Talen met Horton-Tucker, who attended the same high school in Chicago as Derrick Rose the game-winning 3-pointer 15 seconds ahead in overtime to win it and keep the magic number of Knicks at 1.
The Knicks couldn’t make a good shot in their last possession as a fighting RJ Barrett hit a 40 -Foot 3-pointer had to fire the buzzer.
Julius Randle penalized his former team with 31 points and Rose scored 27 points off the bench and had a late theft in OT that appeared to be the clincher.
It wasn’t like that. Randle hit a large 3-pointer 1:10 to give the Knicks the lead, but they couldn’t hold on. Ultimately, the Knicks couldn’t survive a terrible night at Barrett’s (2 of 13, 0 of 7 to 3 hands).
The Knicks blew that 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and still went up from five in OT. But they couldn’t close it. They finish the strict Western journey 3: 3 in six games.
After the Celtics lost to the heat (129-121) in the early evening, the Knicks used the space to get their first playoff spot since 2013 to get hold of.
James, who was watching in his teal top and teal shorts as if he had just come off the tennis court, decided against taking on the hottest club in the league, but ended up partying.
LA’s Anthony Davis was held at 20, missing a big jumper by 34 seconds to improve regulation.
Andre Drummond, whom the Knicks couldn’t get to break his verbal agreement with the Lakers, added 16 Points and 18 rebounds on top.
Among those in attendance hoping for story was Knicks superfan Spike Lee – the filmmaker who never gave up the franchise during his miserable seven-year walk through the wilderness.
The Knicks swept up 38-31 and on P Sixth place in the east, based on tiebreakers with Atlanta (38-31) and Miami (38-31).
The fourth quarter moved into final possession after the Knicks were involved in a 24-second injury which gave the Lakers the ball 13.3 seconds ahead of two.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a corner 3, but Wesley Matthews grabbed Rose’s offensive rebound and used it to give the score 3, Get a 1 second lead.
The Knicks played a great game and Randle raced past Davis into the paint but couldn’t connect to the runner on the buzzer, with Davis influencing the shot from behind. On overtime.
After Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley missed the last three games of this trip, Frank Ntilikina was put into action again. And this time, Ntilikina delivered a good outing and finished the game.
Ntilikina finished with nine points, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 23 minutes. In the first half, he drilled two 3-pointers and made a smooth cross-court pass to Rose, who had potted a jumper.
The Lakers wore their purple uniforms at home and were goalless for the final five minutes of the third quarter. The Knicks took the lead 76-73.
This was the 11th day the Knicks were in the west, but they didn’t seem tired.
« They think about all the things that you have to go through as the season progresses and you are trying to prepare for it, « said Tom Thibodeau of this long-awaited trip. « We want to have the mental toughness that we can get through anything »
Lee sat in the sparse, socially distant seats in the courtyard. The only Lakers celebrity spotted at court was Rams recipient DeSean Jackson and team manager Kurt Rambis, the former Knicks head coach.
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