It was primarily a formality, however the New York Knicks had cause to have fun Monday once they clinched their first winning season in eight years.
Julius Randle scored 28 factors and Derrick Rose had a season-high 25 to steer the Knicks to a 118-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. At 37-28, the Knicks are assured of ending above .500 for the primary time since 2012-13. That was the final season the Knicks made the playoffs, and they’re poised to interrupt that drought as effectively.
“You gotta bring the energy and the commitment to win, and so I thought our guys were excellent in terms of preparation,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “We built a lead in the third, struggled a little in the fourth, but found a way to win. Whatever we have to do to get the win, it’s hard to win on the road.”
The Knicks have gained 12 of 13 and maintained their maintain on fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They lead the Atlanta Hawks by 1½ video games with seven left to play within the common season.
“It’s super cool,” Rose mentioned. “Just to be on a winning team. We’re doing something quite unique here, playing with a sense of urgency. After the first half, we’re able to adjust. We’re reading the game.”
It can be a problem for the Knicks to maintain the fourth seed. They have the third-toughest schedule remaining, according to tankathon.com, whereas the Hawks have one of many best within the league. Randle is assured New York can maintain on.
“It’s really good,” Randle mentioned. The Knicks simply “need to keep doing it to get better.”
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Steph lights it up once more
Steph Curry caught fireplace once more Monday with 41 factors to steer the Golden State Warriors to a key 123-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Curry shot 14-of-26 from the sphere, together with 8-of-18 from 3-point vary, to notch his ninth 40-point outing of the season and sixth in his final 15 video games. He averaged 37.3 factors in April and has continued his torrid tempo in May with 71 factors in his first two video games. The Warriors additionally moved into eighth place in the Western Conference as they jockey for place within the new play-in event.
“It’s just a matter of staying in the moment, enjoying what I get to do, having the utmost confidence in what I can do out on the floor and just enjoying the challenge because I know I’ve got to play well for us to be who we want to be this year,” Curry mentioned. “We’re trying to make this season mean something down the stretch.”
Carmelo strikes into prime 10
Carmelo Anthony had 14 factors Monday to move past Elvin Hayes for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring checklist. Early within the second quarter, Anthony knocked down a 3 from the precise wing and drew the foul to pass Hayes’ career total of 27,313. Anthony mentioned he was conscious of how shut he was to passing Hayes and raised his arms in a fast celebration. He completed with 27,318 profession factors.
“Top 10 in anything of all time is a special thing,” Anthony mentioned. “I don’t want to take this moment for granted. I understand how big this moment is. It don’t seem real because I’m still in it, I’m still doing this.”
Another absence for Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers held on for a 93-89 win over the Denver Nuggets, however the defending champs needed to do it with out one other key member of the beginning lineup. Dennis Schröder will miss 10-14 days due to the league’s well being and security protocols, coach Frank Vogel mentioned Monday. It is Schröder’s second COVID-related absence this season after lacking four-game in February and comes with the Lakers making an attempt to carry on to a top-six spot within the West with seven video games left to keep away from the play-in event.
Game of the evening: Nets at Bucks
The race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference stays tight with underneath two weeks to go within the common season. Milwaukee and Brooklyn face off Tuesday for the second straight sport, with the winner clinching the tiebreaker between the 2. The Bucks gained 117-14 Sunday as Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 49 points to beat 42 from the Nets’ Kevin Durant.
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