Surprise: Knicks and Pelicans win
Actually, they hadn’t expected that anymore: After 18 defeats in a row before, the New York Knicks have won another game, it was the fourth home win of the current season. Despite or because of the injury of their change-willing superstar Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans also left the court.
In the second quarter, Anthony Davis was still out. The top man of the Pelicans, who would actually like to play somewhere else, had to leave the field after an attempted block against Nerlens Noel. The 14 points were not added to that evening at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Whether “AD” can play the All-Star game at the weekend depends on the result of the investigation. According to ESPN it should not be too bad.
New Orleans showed despite (or because of?) the injury of Davis Biss and added Oklahoma City Thunder without Dennis Schröder (paused after the birth of his child), who started at 131:122 the first defeat after previously four wins in a row. The match winners were Julius Randle (33 points, eleven rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (32), Russell Westbrook won his eleventh triple-double in a row: 44/14/11. Paul George was severely restricted by Holiday in his work and still scored 28 points (only 3 out of 17 threes).
The Thunder continue to occupy third place in the Western Conference with a record of 37 wins and 20 defeats despite the away bankruptcy.
New feelings in New York
In the “battle” for the red lantern in the NBA and thus the top pick in the coming draft, the New York Knicks won a game after 18 defeats in a row and thus have a slightly better record (11:47) than the Phoenix Suns (11:48). After the 106:91 over the Atlanta Hawks, coach David Fizdale spoke of the “character of his team”, from which Dennis Smith Jr. (19 points), who came from Dallas, stood out. Last the Knicks (23 losses in Madison Square Garden) had won four times in front of their own audience on January 4th at the Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA, Thursday 14 February
Orlando Magic – Charlotte Hornets 127:89
Atlanta Hawks – New York Knicks 91:106
New Orleans Pelicans – Oklahoma City Thunder 131:122