Emmanuel Mudiay
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Emmanuel Mudiay and the New York Knicks knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans to earn a second consecutive victory.

Robby Sabo

  • New York Knicks 114 (6-14)
  • New Orleans Pelicans 109 (10-9)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Friday night nearly represented a missed opportunity for the young New York Knicks. When stud Anthony Davis left the game via injury in the third quarter, David Fizdale’s squad were granted extra life.

Once that life translated midway through the fourth quarter, the Knicks overcame a nine-point deficit to come out victorious by the final of 114-109 to earn a second-straight victory.

It was Emmanuel Mudiay’s big-time left-side drive to the basket that put the cherry on top.

New York finished the game on a dominating 18-6 run that even shut down The Brow once he returned to the floor. In the end, Fizdale’s crew picked up huge stops while a select few won on the offensive end of the floor.

Mudiay finished with 27 points on a very efficient 10-of-20 from the floor. He also chipped in with seven rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Allonzo Trier was Mudiay’s Robin, finishing with 25 points on a ridiculous 9-for-12 from the floor to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes. He also shot a perfect 3-3 from downtown.

Producing in supporting roles, both Noah Vonleh and Enes Kanter were huge. Both collected 11 boars while Vonleh poured in 14 to Kanter’s 17. Kanter played 33 minutes mainly due to the fact young Mitchell Robinson fouled out in just nine minutes (not a Knicks record).

For New Orleans, Davis scored a team-high 33 despite playing just 32 minutes (via injury). Jrue Holiday tallied 22.

Amazingly, New York won despite a rough night from its most potent scorer. Tim Hardaway Jr. shot a meager 2-for-15 to finish with just seven points.

The Knicks outscored the Pels 27-19 in the fourth quarter—the real part of today’s NBA action.

Next up for the Knicks will be a David Fizdale homecoming, a date with the Grizzlies in Memphis this coming Sunday.

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