The Knicks lost their second straight game in blowout fashion, as the Nuggets came into Madison Square Garden on Thursday and left with a 129-92 win. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Thursday's game
1) The Knicks led by six points with five and a half minutes to go in the first quarter, and while that opening stretch was a noticeable improvement over their last game against the Bucks, things were all downhill from there. The Knicks struggled particularly in defending the three-pointer, as Denver found open shot after shot from beyond the arc. Overall, the Nuggets shot 21-of-39 (.538) from beyond the arc. This was the fifth game this season that Knicks have trailed by 30-plus points, with three of them coming at home.
2) Mitchell Robinson was one of the few bright spots on the night for New York. Coming off the bench, Robinson notched 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
3) Marcus Morris made his return to the Knicks lineup on Thursday. After missing the previous two games due to neck spasms, Morris was not very effective in his return. Overall, he scored 10 points, but shot just 4-of-13 from the floor.
4) Another Knick making his return to action was point guard Elfrid Payton, who had been sidelined for all but three games so far this year due to a hamstring injury. David Fizdale had Payton come off the bench on Thursday, easing him back into action. Payton played 11 minutes, scoring four points, adding two assists, but turning the ball over four times. Frank Ntilikina once again started at point guard, and he had a decent game, scoring nine points with three three-pointers.
5) The Nuggets featured a very balanced scoring attack on Thursday, as eight players scored in double figures. The Nuggets were led by Will Barton's 17 points.
The Knicks stay home as they host the Indiana Pacers at The Garden on Saturday, with tipoff set for 7:30 PM.