Jalen Brunson’s 34 points lead Knicks’ win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Knicks left New York instantly following an embarrassing loss to the Thunder on the Garden flooring barely one week in the past.

They headed again dwelling (*34*) evening after sealing a successful report on a frightening five-game street journey with a redemptive victory over the staff that smashed them for 145 points on Nov. 13 at MSG.

Jalen Brunson poured in 23 of his season-high 34 points within the second half — and Julius Randle and RJ Barrett bounced again from poor capturing performances Sunday in Phoenix to attain 25 points apiece — because the Knicks seized a 129-119 victory at Paycom Center .

“What I used to be fascinated about was they sort of punked us final time,” Brunson mentioned of the Thunder. “I wasn’t actually fascinated about precisely how they did it.

“They had the mentality that we did not final time we have been on the courtroom. My complete mindset was simply, ‘Let’s play laborious, let’s play tougher than them for 48 minutes and no matter occurs, occurs.’ We have been capable of come out with a win.”

Jalen Brunson scores throughout the Knicks’ win over the Thunder.
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Randle, who scored a season-low 9 points in opposition to the Suns, completed with 25 and 11 rebounds, whereas Barrett busted out of a five-game stoop with 25 points on 10-for-16 capturing, together with 3-for-4 from 3 – level vary. Brunson related on 14 of 20 field-goal makes an attempt and in addition registered 9 assists.

Immanuel Quickley added 18 points, together with 4 3-pointers, and Quentin Grimes had eight in 33 minutes in his second straight begin because the Knicks evened their report at 9-9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder (7-10) with 30 points after netting 37 within the Thunder’s eruption at MSG.

“They undoubtedly had our consideration from what they did within the Garden,” Quickley mentioned. “Any time any individual places up, like, 150 points on the board, your antenna has to go up.

“We discovered from the movie and we discovered from what they did and we introduced just a little extra vitality and energy and we’re seeing the outcomes. We bought a a lot wanted dub.”

The Knicks had break up the primary 4 video games of the journey — wins over the Jazz and Nuggets adopted by losses to the Warriors and the Suns. Those 4 groups entered Monday’s motion with a mixed report of 25-4 on their dwelling courts, with the lone losses for Utah and Denver coming final week in opposition to the Knicks.

Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley scored 18 points off the bench.
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“The factor is it is just like the video games hold coming. We knew it will be a problem and generally occurring the street is sweet for you,” mentioned Tom Thibodeau. “We figured every recreation individually, went step-by-step. We know we have now plenty of work to do. We need to proceed to enhance. This offers us an opportunity to get dwelling, one other day of restoration and we will get again to work.”

To salvage a successful report on the five-in-seven-days tour, Thibodeau definitely wanted a greater effort defensively in opposition to Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder than the Knicks put forth after they have been smacked for essentially the most points they’ve allowed in any recreation this season in a 145-135 dwelling loss on the Garden eight days earlier.

The Knicks had eight steals within the first half, with Grimes and Miles McBride — enjoying instead of Cam Reddish (groin) and Derrick Rose (toe) — incomes reward from Thibodeau for his or her ball stress.

Julius Randle dribbles during the Knicks' win over the Thunder.
Julius Randle dribbles throughout the Knicks’ win over the Thunder.
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Barrett, who inked a four-year extension price a assured $107 million over the summer time, may hardly say the identical about his earlier 5 video games. He’d missed 23 of 25 makes an attempt from 3-point vary whereas connecting on simply 26.3 p.c from the ground total (20-for-76) over his earlier 5 appearances.

After totaling simply 21 points on 7-for-22 capturing in opposition to the Suns, Barrett and Randle mixed for 16 within the first quarter alone (*34*) because the Knicks constructed a 38-34 lead via one and 69-58 at halftime.

The Thunder slashed a 17-point Knicks cushion to seven halfway via the third, however Brunson netted 12 within the quarter for a 98-87 recreation coming into the ultimate interval.

“We need to go dwelling. But it was a terrific win to finish the journey,” Barrett mentioned. “We actually stayed collectively via this complete whole journey, so to finish it off with a win like this, was good, however we gotta get dwelling.”

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