LOS ANGELES — The Knicks often battle when Julius Randle struggles. But not when Derrick Rose performs like an MVP — and never after they get 3-point marksmanship from Reggie Bullock.
In the ultimate regular-season recreation at residence for the Clippers, the Knicks spoiled the Sunday-matinee get together with a convincing and sensational 106-100 victory earlier than 2,578 comparatively passive followers at Staples Center.
And now it could be time for Tom Thibodeau to look into making a starting-point guard change, lastly.
Coming off the bench for a struggling Elfrid Payton, Rose carried the Knicks (38-30) within the first half on his two shoulders in an MVP-type first half. Rose completed with 25 factors and eight assists in 31 minutes.
Reggie Bullock, a former Clippers draft choose, poured in 24 factors, making 5-of-11 3-pointers. Randle made three large baskets down the stretch, however completed with simply 14 factors on 7-of-19 taking pictures with 4 turnovers. Randle additionally had 13 rebounds.
The Knicks assured themselves of a .500 journey on this six-game Western swing that was so feared. The Knicks — 3-2 on the journey — end it off in the identical enviornment vs. the Lakers Tuesday. The win reversed their blowout loss the Clippers in January on the Garden.
Knicks followers readily available at Staples made their presence felt — making it as loud after a Knicks bucket as when the Clippers scored, and Randle heard “MVP’’ chants after his late makes. The well mannered environment was a far cry from the cauldron the Knicks confronted in Phoenix Friday after they performed earlier than an NBA season-high 8,063 patrons.
When it was over, Knicks president Leon Rose congratulated each participant as they got here off the courtroom by the tunnel, then punched the air towards a throng of cheering Knicks followers.
Bullock drilled a nook 3 to improve the Knicks lead to 79-69 late within the third and turned towards the Clippers’ bench.
In the primary half, Rose pumped in 19 factors and 7 assists in 17 minutes making 9-of-10 pictures. Rose’s lone miss was a 3-pointer. Otherwise, Rose scored a flurry of runners, pull-up mid-range jumpers or getting all the best way to the bucket. In the fourth quarter, he heated up from 3-point territory.
Rose got here in after 5:19 expired for struggling place to begin guard Elfrid Payton, who completed with two factors.
RJ Barrett bounced again from his inbounds blunder in Phoenix to end with 18 factors and a giant block on Paul George within the closing two minutes.
With Payton operating the present, the Knicks missed their first seven pictures, fell behind 10-0 earlier than their rally. The Knicks hit one other degree when Rose entered and made all 4 of his pictures, preserving the Knicks within the recreation. The Knicks trailed 29-26 after one in opposition to the veteran-laden Clippers.
With Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks each lacking their second-straight recreation, Frank Ntilikina acquired some uncommon motion and was 1-of-4 in six shaky minutes.
The Frenchman began horrifically, air-balling a nook 3, air-balling a runner within the lane, then committing a foul on the rebound. However, he drained a nook two possessions later to save face earlier than lacking his subsequent 3-pointer.
Tyronn Lue, who labored on the Celtics employees with Thibodeau, hugged the Knicks coach minutes earlier than tip-off.
“I’m not stunned,’’ Lue mentioned of the Knicks turnaround. “I knew he’d change the tradition. I knew they’d be ready, knew they’d have accountability, knew they’d have nice protection. Young guys have purchased in. It begins with Julius Randle and Barrett. Those two have purchased in. Throughout Thibs profession, any group that purchased in has been profitable.’’