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Derrick Rose carries Knicks to sensational win over Clippers

LOS ANGELES — The Knicks normally battle when Julius Randle struggles. But not when Derrick Rose performs like an MVP — and never once they get 3-point marksmanship from Reggie Bullock.

In the ultimate regular-season house sport for the Clippers, the Knicks spoiled the Sunday-matinee occasion with a convincing and sensational 106-100 victory earlier than 2,578 comparatively passive followers at Staples Center.

And now it is perhaps time for Tom Thibodeau to look into making a starting-point guard change, lastly.

Coming off the bench for a struggling Elfrid Payton, Rose carried the Knicks (38-30) on his shoulders with an MVP-type first half. Rose completed with 25 factors and eight assists in 31 minutes.

Reggie Bullock, as soon as a Clippers’ draft decide, poured in 24 factors, making 5 of 11 3-pointers. Julius Randle made three huge baskets down the stretch, however completed with simply 14 factors on 7 of 19 taking pictures with 4 turnovers. He additionally had 13 rebounds.

The Knicks assured themselves of a .500 journey on this six-game Western swing that was so feared. The Knicks — 3-2 on the journey — end it off in the identical enviornment versus the Lakers on Tuesday. The win reversed their blowout loss the Clippers in January on the Garden.

The Knicks followers readily available made their presence felt — making it as loud after a Knicks bucket as when the Clippers scored, and Randle heard “-V-P’’ chants after his late makes. The well mannered ambiance was a far cry from the cauldron the Knicks confronted in Phoenix on Friday once they performed earlier than an NBA season-high 8,063 followers.

When it was over, Knicks president Leon Rose congratulated each participant as they got here off the court docket, then punched the air towards a throng of cheering Knicks followers.

Bullock drilled a nook 3 to improve the Knicks lead to 79-69 late within the third and turned towards the Clippers’ bench.

Derrick Rose (proper) helped lead the Knicks to an enormous win over the Clippers as we speak.

In the primary half, Rose pumped in 19 factors and 7 assists in 17 minutes making 9 of 10 pictures. Rose’s lone miss was a 3-pointer. Otherwise, he scored on a flurry of runners, pull-up midrange jumpers or drives to the way in which to the bucket. In the fourth quarter, he heated up from 3-point territory.

Rose entered the sport 5:19 in for the struggling Payton, who completed with two factors.

RJ Barrett bounced again from his inbounds blunder in Phoenix to end with 18 factors and an enormous block on Paul George within the ultimate two minutes.

With Payton working the present, the Knicks missed their first seven pictures, and fell behind 10-0 earlier than their rally. The Knicks hit one other degree when Rose entered and made all 4 of his pictures, maintaining the Knicks within the sport. The Knicks trailed 29-26 after one in opposition to the veteran-laden Clippers.

With Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks each lacking their second-straight sport, Frank Ntilikina bought some uncommon motion and was 1 of 4 in six shaky minutes.

The Frenchman began horrifically, air-balling a nook 3, air-balling a runner within the lane, then committing a foul on the rebound. However, he drained a nook 3 two possessions later earlier than lacking his subsequent 3-pointer.

Tyronn Lue, who labored on the Celtics employees with Thibodeau, hugged the Knicks coach minutes earlier than tipoff.

“I’m not shocked,’’ Lue stated of the Knicks’ turnaround. “I knew he’d change the tradition. I knew they’d be ready, knew they’d have accountability, knew they’d have nice protection. Young guys have purchased in. It begins with Julius Randle and Barrett. Those two have purchased in. Throughout Thibs career, any staff that purchased in has been profitable.’’

Kawhi Leonard scored 27 factors however on simply 7 of 25 taking pictures because the Knicks practically held the high-powered Clippers to underneath 100 factors.