Better Late Than Never
It took a big fourth quarter run to finally put the game away, but the Knicks ultimately handled their business in the nation's capital.
Good morning! That’s right…another special weekend edition of the KFS Newsletter covering a game where the Knicks went up by 21 early and wound up winning by that same margin. What happened in between, however…
Game 12: Knicks 120, Wizards 99
In a New York minute…
From the opening tip, it was readily apparent that the Knicks were in a different class than the Wizards, who are their own special brand of awful. Perhaps because they knew who they were playing, New York took their foot off the gas and allowed Washington to hang around after going up by 21 midway through the second quarter. The Wiz cut the lead to five early in the third, and then after the Knicks got it back to 14, trimmed it down to five again early in the fourth. Thankfully, New York’s point guard combo would have none of this actually becoming a game, and a 20-2 fourth quarter run dispensed with any notions of an upset.
1. Splash Brother from another mother. This is starting to get a little ridiculous.
With 10 more threes attempted last night, Jalen Brunson moved into the top 25 in 3-point attempts league-wide. It is a stunning rise for someone who finished outside of the top 100 just last year and outside of the top 200 in his final season as a Mav.
Better yet, he is making these shots at a prodigious rate. With six makes, including several big ones as the Wizards were trying to make this competitive, Brunson is up to a 47.5 hit rate on the season. Given how teams respect the threat of his floor game (he’s 10th in the league in drives), they give him more room than most of the league’s best marksman.
He is taking full advantage.
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