LOS ANGELES — The Knicks’ playoff-clinching celebration will have to wait.
In a Hollywood heartbreaker, the Knicks blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and the defending-champion Lakers confirmed their mettle by surviving a 101-99 additional time battle at Staples Center on Tuesday evening.
The Knicks had the sport and the playoffs within the bag however couldn’t maintain off these Lakers, even with LeBron James watching from the bench.
Talen Horton-Tucker, who went to the identical Chicago highschool as Derrick Rose, hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in additional time to win it and hold the Knicks’ magic quantity at 1.
The Knicks couldn’t get off a superb shot on the final possession as a struggling RJ Barrett had to fireplace a 40-foot 3-pointer on the buzzer.
Julius Randle punished his former crew with 31 factors and Rose scored 27 factors off the bench and had a late steal in OT that seemed to be the clincher.
It wasn’t. Randle hit a giant 3-pointer with 1:10 left to give the Knicks the lead however they couldn’t maintain on. Ultimately, the Knicks couldn’t survive an terrible evening from Barrett (2 of 13, 0 of seven on 3-pointers).
The Knicks blew that 10-point fourth-quarter lead but rallied from 5 down in OT. But they couldn’t shut it. They end the rigorous six-game Western journey at 3-3.
With the Celtics shedding to the Heat, 129-121, earlier within the night, the Knicks took the court docket with an opportunity to clinch their first playoff berth since 2013.
James, watching in his teal prime and teal shorts like he simply got here off the tennis court docket, opted out of going through the league’s hottest membership however celebrated on the finish.
LA’s Anthony Davis was held to 20 and missed a giant jumper with 34 seconds left with an opportunity to tie in regulation.
Andre Drummond, whom the Knicks couldn’t get to break his verbal settlement with the Lakers, added 16 factors and 18 rebounds.
Among these in attendance hoping for historical past was Knicks superfan Spike Lee — the filmmaker who by no means deserted the franchise throughout their depressing seven-year stroll by the wilderness.
The Knicks moved to 38-31 and down to the No. 6 seed within the East primarily based on tiebreakers with Atlanta (38-31) and Miami (38-31).
The fourth quarter went down to the ultimate possession after the Knicks have been harassed right into a 24-second violation, giving the Lakers the ball with 13.3 seconds left down two.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a nook 3 however Wesley Matthews grabbed the offensive rebound from Rose and put it in to tie the rating with 3.1 seconds left.
The Knicks ran an awesome play and Randle raced previous Davis into the paint however couldn’t join on the runner on the buzzer, with Davis affecting the shot from behind. Onto additional time.
With Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley lacking the ultimate three video games of this journey, Frank Ntilikina was known as into motion once more. And this time, Ntilikina delivered a superb outing and closed the sport.
Ntilikina completed with 9 factors, two assists, two steals and nil turnovers in 23 minutes. He drilled two 3-pointers within the first half and made a slick crosscourt move to Rose, who canned a jumper.
Wearing their purple uniforms at house, the Lakers went scoreless within the ultimate 5 minutes of the third quarter and the Knicks took a 76-73 lead into the fourth quarter.
This was the eleventh day of the Knicks being out West, however they didn’t seem highway weary.
“You think about all the things that you’re going to have to go through over the course of the season and you try to prepare for that,’’ Tom Thibodeau said of this long-anticipated trip. “We want to have the mental toughness that we can get through anything,”
Lee sat within the sparse socially distanced courtside seats. The solely Lakers superstar noticed courtside was Rams receiver DeSean Jackson and crew government Kurt Rambis, the previous Knicks head coach.