Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 119-115 on Wednesday night after former Knicks star Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.
DeAndre Jordan added 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game losing streak.
Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis 27 on a night there was plenty of fight from the Knicks - especially Oakley. >> Read more
- This game should serve as a reminder that, no matter how strongly a team scores the the basketball, wins come down to defense and getting late stops. With four players scoring 18 or more points, this was one of New York's best offensive games of the year in terms of pure flow. There was great ball movement and the group shot 50 percent from the floor. Unfortunately, the Clippers had just as much firepower and came up with timely chances on the offensive glass. The Knicks were outscored by 11 in the final period.
- Derrick Rose flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, eight assists and seven boards, but his overzealousness led to demoralizing momentum swings in favor of Los Angeles. The point guard committed three careless turnovers, giving the ball up late in the game after leaving his feet and/or catching his teammates off guard. Rose has been known to do this often and it serves as such a buzzkill. His inability to help the Knicks control the tempo late allowed the Clippers to create their late victory push.
- Kristaps Porzingis had a special offensive game, scoring 27 points in just as many minutes. Unfortunately, he had difficulty containing a very active and mobile Blake Griffin. KP and Carmelo Anthony were both plagued with foul trouble as Griffin beat them off the dribble, attacked the basket, and even faded away around the perimeter. Griffin's versatility and DeAndre Jordan's physicality around the rim created very difficult mismatches for the Knicks to compete with. They simply don't have that kind of talent, especially with Joakim Noah sidelined.
- New York did so many things right at MSG, putting forth a most valiant effort. Any average NBA team would be able to take solace in what went their way and rationally learn to build on what went wrong. Unfortunately, this isn't your average franchise, especially not right now. There's so much scrutiny and the Knicks are in desperate need of something in the win column. There is no room for moral victories, which should make this defeat all the more frustrating. It slipped away as the Knicks crumbled late.