Enes Kanter
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The New York Knicks dropped an aggravating one in double-overtime to Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at The Garden.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Knicks 115 (4-7)
  • Chicago Bulls 116 (2-9)
  • NBA, East, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

What does an NBA head coach do when a hard-fought game turns from regulation into overtime and then overtime into double-OT? Does he continue to roll with his closing lineup or dare throw in a few fresh legs?

New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale rolled with his closing lineup on Monday night and it almost paid dividends. Instead, Zach LaVine proved to be too much as his drive to the hoop drew an Emmanuel Mudiay foul. One free threw cemented it with under a second to play.

It was a marathon affair at Madison Square Garden, one that saw fresh faces reassert themselves into the good graces of the rotation.

One such face is Enes Kanter who dropped a team-high 23 points on 8-of-14 from the floor. In fact, Kanter had a shot to win the game at the end of the first OT on a long three-point chance.

Kanter, whose now cemented in a reserve role, played 41 minutes on the night. He also collected 24 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

Allonzo Trier made the first start of his young career, in place of the injured Tim Hardaway Jr., and poured in 21.

The aforementioned Mudiay played his best game as a Knick, helping out with 16 points and six boards in 34 minutes. It was his two-step transition lay-up that tied the game at 115 prior to the Mudiay-LaVine game-winning foul call.

The man of the night, however, couldn’t be out-done. LaVine finished with a game-high 41 points on 13-of-25 from the floor. He killed the Knickerbockers all night long while the New York offense struggled to find something, anything on a routine basis.

The Knicks will now take a 24-hour blow prior to taking on the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com