Red-hot Knicks win their eighth straight

Knicks eighth straight
Jalen Brunson backing down Klay Thompson in Tuesday’s contest Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

The Knicks continued their hot streak Tuesday night defeating the shorthanded Warriors at home 132-94 as they won their eighth straight.

It was a familiar story for the Knicks lately, with shutdown defense from the new rotation leading the way. The Knicks held their fifth team in the stretch under 100 points.

All-Star hopeful Jalen Brunson led the starters in scoring 21 points. Julius Randle added 15 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. Quentin Grimes also provided a major spark with 19 points on only nine shot attempts. The game got so out-of-hand that only one starter, RJ Barrett, registered more than 30 minutes. The Knicks never trailed in the contest; it was the first time they beat Golden State in the Garden since 2013.

The story of the game was Immanuel Quickley who put up 22 points off the bench and hit 5 threes. TNT commentator and infamous Knick-killer Reggie Miller also joked on commentary about Isaiah Hartenstein’s flashy passes, calling him, “Jokic of the East,” after a late full-court outlet pass to Deuce McBride.

The victory marked the second time the Knicks won eight straight under head coach Tom Thibodeau, and is their longest winning streak since the 2020-21 season when they won nine. Even in a 38-point win where the starters sat the entire fourth quarter, Cam Reddish was still a DNP. The Knicks have been clicking and haven’t lost a game since Thibodeau shortened the rotation. Brunson said in a post-game interview that the chemistry is starting to click.

“I’m learning as I’m going,” Brunson said. “My teammates trust me, the coaching staff trusts me, and I trust them. We’re growing every day, we’re getting better every day. We just gotta keep fighting and can’t be complacent.”

The win puts the Knicks at 18-13 on the season and they’ll be back home Wednesday night to face the Raptors.

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