As the Knicks entered the All-Star break, head coach Jeff Hornacek said his young point guards were going to get more minutes for the rest of the season. In their first game back from the break, Hornacek's actions matched his words.
In the Knicks' 120-113 win over the Magic, Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina each played 30 minutes while Emmanuel Mudiay played 23 minutes. Jarrett Jack didn't play at all. Burke made the most of his time, leading the Knicks with points 26 points on 12 of 22 shooting. He also added 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
"I know he can put the ball in the hole and he can get hot," Hornacek said, via Marc Berman of NY Post. "He can control the pace. He's a guy that when they're putting a lot of pressure on it, you give him the ball, he'll be able to get something going. But defensively, I thought he was the key because he got up on the guy. He was in that locker room, looked like he was dead tired. I said that's how the guys are supposed to be when they come in that locker room. Trey was great on both sides of the ball."
While many fans are hoping the Knicks get the best possible draft position, Burke says it's not in his DNA to not try and win.
"We're still trying to win games," Burke said. "I know a lot of people think otherwise. It's not in our DNA to go out there and lay down and not win."
The Knicks are next in action on Saturday night against the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.