NBA: Knicks fend off Lakers with the aid of RJ Barrett

Mar 18, 2023

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Manhattan, NEW YORK – When the New York Knicks held on to defeat the host Los Angeles Lakers 112 to 108 on Sunday night, RJ Barrett scored 13 of his team-high 30 points.

The Knicks’ loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday was led by Julius Randle, who finished with 33 points on 5-of-24 shooting. Nevertheless, it was Barrett who served as the game’s decisive factor.

With 9:26 left in the game, Barrett’s layup broke the 93 to 93 tie after going 6 of 12 in the fourth quarter. With 5:01 remaining, Barrett sank a 3-pointer to increase the margin to 106 to 96. With 2:34 left, Barrett made a basket to bring the score to 110-100, but it was New York’s final field goal, and the Knicks held on to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Josh Hart made two free throws with five seconds left to make it 112 to 108 after Dennis Schroder made a layup with 19.3 seconds remaining to make it 110 to 108. As the Lakers used their final timeout, Russell missed a 3-point attempt with 1.3 seconds remaining, which brought the game to a conclusion.

The Knicks had lost an eight-point lead and were down 86 to 85 going into the fourth when Barrett came through with six of his fifteen attempts.

For the second night in a row and for the fourth time in five games since the guard suffered an injury on March 3 at Miami, the Knicks were without Jalen Brunson (sore left foot). Without Brunson, New York increased its record to 4 to 5 and won for the tenth time in its previous 13 games.

Russell scored 33 points and nailed six 3-pointers, but the Lakers’ three-game winning streak came to an end, and they missed the chance to go above.500 for the first time this season. When the Lakers were restricted to 22 points in the fourth quarter, Russell went 1-of-5.

After a 19-for-19 performance in Friday’s victory over Toronto, Anthony Davis added a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds, but he also missed four free throws, contributing to the Lakers’ seven missed opportunities.

Immanuel Quickley started in place of Brunson for the Knicks, scoring 15 points on a 47.7 percent field goal effort.

The Knicks overcame a seven-point hole and led 31 to 27 at the end of the first quarter thanks in large part to Randle’s 18 points, which included 14 straight New York points. To give the Knicks a 62 to 59 advantage at the break, Randle finished a 25-point first half with a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left.

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