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RJ Barrett had 24 points and nine rebounds and the Knicks outscored the Los Angeles Clippers in a 116-93 victory Sunday night that ended New York’s seven-game losing streak.
Immanuel Quickley added 21 points off the bench and Cam Reddish had 15 of his 17 points in the fourth for the Knicks, who used big runs to open the second and fourth quarters of a game in which they led by 32 points .
“Tonight the fight was there from start to finish,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Hopefully we can build on that.”
Reserve Amir Coffey scored 16 points to lead the Clippers, whose five-game winning streak ended at the hands of one of the worst teams in the East.
“It’s great to get this win. We needed that,” Mitchell Robinson said. “They were playing so well too.”
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The Knicks scored the first 10 points in the fourth, led by Reddish with eight, to extend their lead to 90-68. Barrett was the only remaining starter against Clippers reserves until he sat out with five minutes remaining.
The Knicks used another strong start in the third to take a 74-48 lead. They started with a 15-8 run, getting six points from Robinson and four from Barrett.
“The ball moved and the energy was high,” Robinson said.
Reggie Jackson missed a one-handed dunk on a 20-6 surge that sent the Clippers into fourth 80-68. Five players scored, with Coffey hitting a 3-pointer and making four free throws.
“They came out with more energy than us and they just seem like they want more,” Coffey said.
The Knicks built a 19-point lead by outscoring the Clippers 34-18 in the second quarter. New York opened with 16 straight points, making 8 of 8 free throws and getting eight points from Barrett. He finished with 16 points in the quarter.
“The tone of the game was set from the first five minutes with the starters,” said Thibodeau. “The defense was really good and the willingness to make the extra pass was paced offensively.”
The Clippers only scored midway through the second on Luke Kennard’s 3-pointer – one of three he scored in the period. They cut the lead to 11 points before New York closed on an 11-3 run to lead 59-40 at halftime.
“They played well and we played badly,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “With this combination you will get a blowout of 30 points. They were hungry for a win.”
Knicks: Improved to 13-19 on the road. … Julius Randle was fined $50,000 by the league for shoving Phoenix Suns forward Cam Johnson, making contact with a referee who was trying to break up the altercation on Friday and refusing to participate in the ensuing investigation. … Taj Gibson did not play due to illness.
Clippers: They were outshot 57-43. … Paul George, out since December with a torn ligament in his right elbow, shoots with his right hand, which coach Tyronn Lue says is “much better I guess”. … Their five-game winning streak included three wins over the Lakers and two over Houston.
Knicks: At Sacramento on Monday for the second straight game.
Clippers: At Golden State on Tuesday. The Clippers won by 15 points last month and are 1-2 against the Warriors this season.