LOS ANGELES — With or with out Jalen Brunson, the Knicks know they should shoot higher from lengthy distance than they did Thursday of their highway trip-opening loss to the Kings. 

The Knicks went simply 13-for-50 on their 3-point makes an attempt (26 %), together with a mixed 4-for-28 by Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley. 

“Oh, yeah, we have been horrible. I couldn’t throw the ball within the ocean,” mentioned Randle, who missed 10 of 12 makes an attempt from past the arc. “We had nice appears to be like, too. I truthfully assume we had nice appears to be like all through the sport and so they simply didn’t go in. Typically it’s like that. 

“However it may’t linger. Can’t let it have an effect on the subsequent recreation [Saturday against the Clippers]. Transfer on to the subsequent recreation and mentally and bodily do no matter now we have to do to arrange for that and are available out with a win.” 

Julius Randle shoots through the Knicks’ loss to the Hornets on March 7.
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Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley has been struggling together with his shot after a red-hot stretch.
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Quickley went 1-for-8 from 3-point vary towards the Kings and is 4-for-18 from lengthy distance up to now two video games after going 10-for-21 within the earlier two wins over the Warmth and the Celtics. 

“That’s the facility of basketball. Typically that ball simply don’t go in. However I received’t cease capturing, I do know that,” Quickley mentioned. “Nah, I’ll by no means cease capturing. I used to be making an attempt to be aggressive, enjoying for myself and my teammates … however simply transfer on to the subsequent recreation and prepare for L.A.” 

Quickley refused to make use of his career-high 55 minutes within the double-overtime win Sunday at Boston as an excuse for his capturing woes the previous two video games. 

“No, I don’t assume so, and I by no means assume that actually lacking photographs [means] you’re struggling,” he mentioned. “As a result of you may play good with out capturing. Thibs says that on a regular basis. Simply making an attempt to focus in on protection and different issues that may assist the crew win.”

Josh Hart tied a franchise excessive for guards (since 1973-74) with eight offensive rebounds towards the Kings, becoming a member of Michael Ray Richardson (Nov. 19, 1981) and Ernie Grunfeld (March 28, 1985). 

“Like I’ve all the time mentioned, I attempt to carry no matter I can to assist the crew,” Hart mentioned. “Perform a little little bit of all the pieces, get us second-chance factors, second-chance possessions. These form of issues are nice. That’s simply my type of enjoying.” 

Capturing guard DaQuan Jeffries, signed Sunday to a 10-day contract, was recalled from G-League Westchester.