The Knicks led the Pelicans for 45 minutes on Friday night -- and up 19 in the first half -- but still could not come away with the victory.
New Orleans fought its way back in the second half -- going on a 26-10 run to close out the fourth quarter -- and the Knicks squandered their lead with 2:33 left in regulation to fall to the Pelicans, 129-124, in their fourth striaght loss. >> Box score
Things to know about Friday's game
1) Head coach David Fizdale continued to experiment with a new starting lineup, putting all three rookies -- Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier and Mitchell Robinson -- on the floor together for the first time and the Knicks jumped out to a 22-12 lead but none of the three had particularly impressive games. Trier played the most minutes (32) but struggled on 4 of 11 shooting and failed to box out on a crucial free throw with 1:28 left that resulted in a Julius Randle tip-in to give the Pelicans a three point lead.
2) In addition to the Knicks' youth catching up with them at the end of the game, they also had no answer for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans had 43 points and 17 rebounds, including a thundeorus alley-oop from Jrue Holliday with 1:47 left to put New Orleans up 122-119.
3) Emmanual Mudiay also had his first start of the season and had a solid showing. The 22-year-old point guard had 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting in 23 minutes on the floor.
4) Trey Burke also had a nice game off the bench, scoring 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting.
5) Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the Knicks offense and led scoring with 30 points and also finished wth eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. However, Hardaway missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 1:07 remaining.
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The Knicks continue their road trip on Sunday when they head to Orlando to face the Magic at 6 p.m.