The Knicks tried to reach into their bag of tricks one more time tonight to pull out another come-from-behind victory but came up a little short. The team heard the first boos of the season from the Garden crowd after struggling through 3 quarters and trailing by 26. A strong run to start the 4th quarter was not enough to overcome the deficit and the Knicks fell back to .500 on the season. The Knicks faithful will hope that the teams recent skid is just a minor setback after their hot start and will look to right the ship Wednesday night against Miami.
After not seeing any action in the first half, Michael Beasley entered the game in the 3rd quarter and brought energy to the struggling Knicks. Beasley led the charge in the 4th, helping the Knicks cut a 26 point deficit to as little as 8 late in the quarter. Beasley finished with a team best +11 +/-, scored 7 points on 3/6 shooting and pulled down 7 rebounds in just 14 minutes.
Frank Ntilikina's shooting
Sometimes the ball doesn't go in the basket and that was the case tonight for Frank who shot 3/11 from the field. Knicks fans can't fault the rookie for taking the shot that the defense gave him and have to hope that seeing a few mid-range jumpers fall will help build his confidence.
-Joakim Noah saw some early action and gave the Knicks 2 points, 1 rebound, and 1 block in his 3 minutes.
-Ramon Sessions replaced Jarrett Jack early in the 3rd and Jack did not reenter the game. Sessions played the last 7 minutes of the 3rd quarter and Frank Ntilikina played the entire 4th quarter in place of the Knicks' starter.
-Kyle O'Quinn grabbed 11 boards in his 25 minutes but did not see action down the stretch.
-After a shaky first half Willy Hernangomez helped the Knicks cut into the lead in the 4th. Hernangomez finished with 5 points and 9 rebounds in 16 minutes.
-After the Knicks cut the lead to 12, Michael Beasley and Frank Ntilikina were both assessed technical fouls following a minor skirmish with Jusuf Nurkic. The Blazers extended the lead to 16 and the Knicks were unable to recover.
The Knicks will continue their three game home stand against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. The game will be the back end of a road back-to-back for Miami following a clash with the Cavaliers in Cleveland tomorrow night. The Knicks will hope to capitalize against a travel weary Heat team and get back above .500.