The NY Knicks host an exhausted SA Spurs team after a disappointing and frustrating performance against the Celtics on Saturday night.

NY Knicks vs SA Spurs

On Monday night, the New York Knicks comfortably defeated the underhanded San Antonio Spurs, 111-96, in an incredible game by RJ Barrett. RJ actually took a while to get going, missing a couple of shots at the rim in the first quarter. But he took over late in the second quarter. He scored a barrage of goals that gave the Knicks a lead at halftime. The third and fourth quarters were pure RJ domination. The kid took out the total package against the Spurs.

Game progression

Julius Randle made his first shot of the night. And it actually looked like he might have a night he could easily experience when his jumper went down. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as that was the only night he was 1-for-7 from the field. While the Spurs never had a huge lead, they started looking good, thanks in large part to a well-balanced offense.

Barrett finished with 31 points and didn’t even play the second part of the fourth quarter. Such was his dominance, and the Knicks didn’t need anything from Julius Randle, who finished with a paltry two. Credit to Immanuel Quickley (12 points, 6 assists, some fancy point guards), Alec Burks (16 points), Evan Fournier (18 points), and Quentin Grimes (6 assists, some good defense). But this game is mostly about Barrett. Randle looks lost and needs to keep going if the Knicks are going to make the playoffs. But we all love seeing the kids shine.

Next games

The NY Knicks host the Mavericks on Wednesday. This should be close and fun if the past few meetings are any indication. We’re still waiting for ex-Knicks Kristaps Portis to playtime. But as long as Luka Doncic is around, there should be plenty of highlights and plenty of reasons to tune in. The Knicks have some tough games at the end of the month and into February, against Miami, Milwaukee, Memphis, Lakers, Utah, and Golden State. So every game counts, especially if they’re going to make the playoffs in the second half, like the first season.

Credits: postingandtoasting.com; nba.com

Credits featured image: Jean-Baptiste Bellet, Flickr

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