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RJ Barrett scored 24 points and nine rebounds Knicks dominated in Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night a 116-93 victory that shattered the New York skid in seven games.
Immanuel Quickley added 21 points from the bench, and Cam Radish scored 15 of 17 points in the fourth for the Knicks, who used the big scoring series to open the second and fourth quarters of the game in which they led by 32 points.
“Tonight’s fight was from start to finish,” Knicks coach Tom Thibado said. “I hope we can build on that.”
Reserve Amir Kofi scored 16 points to lead the Clippers, whose winning streak of five games ended with one of the worst teams in the East.
“It’s great to win this. We really needed it,” said Mitchell Robinson. “They also played so well.”
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The Knicks scored the first 10 points in the fourth, leading Reddish with eight, and increased the lead to 90-68. Barrett was the only starter left against the Clippers ’reserves until he sat down in five minutes.
The Knicks used another strong start in the third to take the lead with a score of 74-48. They opened the 15-8 series with six points from Robinson and four from Barrett.
“The ball was moving and the energy was high,” Robinson said.
Reggie Jackson missed the duck with one hand during a 20-6 jerk that sent the Clippers into the fourth 80-68 result. Five players scored, Kofi scored a three-pointer and made four free kicks.
“They came out with more energy than we do, and they look like they wanted it more,” Kofi said.
The Knicks increased by 19 points, beating the Clippers 34-18 in the second quarter. New York opened 16 points in a row, making 8 of 8 free throws and getting eight points from Barrett. He finished the quarter with 16 points.
“The tone of the game was set in the first five minutes of the opening matches,” said Thibado. “The defense was very good and the desire to make an extra pass took on an offensive pace.”
The Clippers didn’t score until mid-second when Luke Kennard scored a three-pointer – one of three he made during that period. They reduced the lead to 11 points before New York closed the series 11-3 and led 59-40 in the transition.
“They played well and we played badly,” Clippers coach Tyrone Liu said. “With this combination you get a 30-point blast. They starved to win.”
Knicks: Improved to 13-19 on the road. … Julius Randle was fined $ 50,000 by the league for kicking Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, making contact with a judge who tried to break up a quarrel on Friday, and refusing to participate in the next investigation. … Taj Gibson did not play due to illness.
Clippers: They were 57-43 ahead. … Paul George, who has been shooting since December with a torn ligament in his right elbow, shoots with his right hand, which, as coach Tyrone Liu says, “I think is much better.” … Their winning streak of five games included three wins over the Lakers and two over the Houston.
Knicks: Sacramento on Monday in the second game in a row.
Clippers: at Golden State on Tuesday. Last month, the Clippers won by 15 points, and this season – 1-2.