Immanuel Quickley’s scoring off the bench has been a serious power for the Knicks all season, a lot in order that he completed because the runner-up for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the 12 months award.

However Quickley performed a season-low 9 minutes in Tuesday’s 111-105 win over the Warmth in Sport 2 to even the Japanese Convention semifinal sequence.

The combo guard scored six factors, and he’s averaging 8.6 factors per recreation in seven postseason video games, down from 14.9 within the common season.

“We’d like him,” Tom Thibodeau mentioned after the sport. “Like, simply get on the market, and he obtained going a little bit bit [in the second half].

“He’s obtained a knack for placing the ball within the basket, and I don’t need him overthinking it. Shoot your shot, when he’s aggressive and attacking, he’ll be wonderful. We’ve seen him now, as everybody is aware of, he’s a scorer.”

The Knicks’ four-man second unit was outscored by Miami’s backups 17-2 within the first half — with the lone factors scored by Quickley, who missed all 4 of his 3-point makes an attempt within the recreation.

Immanuel Quickley, who performed simply 9 minutes, drives to the basket through the Knicks’ 111-105 Sport 2 win.
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He’s capturing 24.1 % from lengthy distance (7-for-29) within the playoffs.

Obi Toppin, who scored 18 factors whereas beginning instead of Julius Randle in Sport 1, was held with out a level in Sport 2, lacking each of his field-goal makes an attempt in 10 minutes of motion.

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Josh Hart made his fourth consecutive begin instead of Quentin Grimes, who performed 10 minutes off the bench in Sport 1 after lacking the ultimate two video games of the primary spherical towards the Cavaliers with a shoulder harm.

Grimes performed 25 minutes Tuesday night time, together with practically all the fourth quarter.

“I like [Grimes’] protection and clearly the capturing piece of it,” Thibodeau mentioned.

The MSG crowd featured its regular assemblage of high-watt celebrities, but in addition Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, two gamers from the earlier Knicks squad to achieve the second spherical in 2013.

Anthony obtained one of many loudest ovations of the night time.

Jalen Brunson obtained one fifth-place vote for league MVP and tied for twelfth within the balloting.

Quick Break


Actually, was there any doubt? Regardless of a sore proper ankle that made him a game-time choice, Jalen Brunson not solely began however carried the Knicks to a gutty come-from-behind victory. Brunson scored 23 of his 30 factors within the second half and hit six 3-pointers after going 0-for-7 from downtown within the sequence opener. He known as that efficiency “horrific.” This one was sensible.


One of many heroes of the Warmth’s Sport 1 win, Kevin Love couldn’t replicate that efficiency. He managed simply eight factors on 2 of 9 capturing and dedicated two turnovers.

Julius Randle puts up a shot over Kevin Love, who struggled in the Heat's Game 2 loss.
Julius Randle places up a shot over Kevin Love, who struggled within the Warmth’s Sport 2 loss.
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Unsung Hero

Josh Hart hit the largest shot of the Cavaliers’ sequence, his go-ahead 3-pointer in Sport 1, and his 3-pointer with 1:38 left Tuesday was simply as vital. It pushed a one-point result in 4.

The commerce deadline acquisition was implausible, notching 14 factors, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in 33 high-level minutes.

Key Stat

16: 3-pointers the Knicks hit Tuesday night time, their most this postseason by a large margin. Their earlier excessive was 10 in Sport 3 towards the Cavaliers.

Quote of the night time

“It doesn’t even matter to be sincere. [I’ll] do no matter I’ve to do to make myself accessible.”

— Julius Randle, when requested if he felt ache in his sprained left ankle

— Zach Braziller