Michael Beasley New York Knicks
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The New York Knicks fell to 0-4 in the preseason as the Houston Rockets put on a shooting clinic in another blowout.

Damyean Dotson was the best player on the court for the New York Knicks on Monday night. He made seven of his ten shots for 17 points in 26 minutes. On a team of weak defenders, he stood out. None of this factored into the result.

New York was still blown out by the Houston Rockets on Monday night, 117-95. Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to play the fourth quarter like it was the regular season, leaving his starters in the game to ensure a win.

James Harden played 37 minutes and put up 36 points and 11 assists. Trevor Ariza played 36 minutes and put up 14 points and 8 rebounds. New York didn’t have a single player log 30 minutes.

Houston and New York were both shorthanded. The Rockets without Chris Paul, and the Knicks without Kristaps Porzingis. Houston still had Harden and they dominated.

Mike D’Antoni’s squad made 22 three-point shots, including seven from Harden, and that was too much for New York to overcome. The best thing you can say about this game for the Knicks is that it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been.


Michael Beasley added 17 points and 4 rebounds in his latest bid to be in the starting lineup. Then he left the game with an injury to his elbow.

Ron Baker shot just 2-of-7 in his return and posted only 5 points. He’s still rusty, of course, but shades of his trademark defense and hustle were there.

This was a big game for Jarrett Jack. He played 25 minutes, but he struggled with his shot (2-of-7). His status is still very much up in the air.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.