Tallen Horton-Tucker led the 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved their hopes of surviving the play-in tournament and earned the New York Knicks a post-season berth with a 101–99 win. Prevented from doing.
Horton-Tucker made a 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Lakers improved their hopes of surviving the play-in tournament with a 101–99 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
James went missing another game to get his sprained right ankle as healthy as possible and Alex Caruso departed quickly due to a right leg malfunction, leaving Horton-Tucker some responsibilities at point guard Had to stand and shoulder.
“He’s got great courage and showed up with that shot,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. He said, “He had a youthful type of night with good and bad plays. He however retained his poems and remained confident. “
Julius Randle’s 3-pointer with 1:11 gave New York a 99-98 advantage. Derrick Rose took Horton-Tucker’s ball, but the Knicks could not take advantage when Randall was called for the trip.
In a game that saw 23 lead changes, Horton-Tucker made the most of his second chance, using a pullup 3-pointer in which Rose guarded him. Horton-Tucker, a Chicago native, said earlier in the season that he grew up idolizing Rose because the two went to the same high school.
“A lot of Chicago kids can’t say they did it,” said Horton-Tucker.
After losing to Miami the night before Boston, the Knicks were hoping to wrap up their first postson berth since 2013, but would have to wait for at least one more game.
New York was outscored 51-39, with coach Tom Thibodo saying there was a difference in the game. The game went into overtime after Wesley Matthews gathered 3.1 seconds into a rebound and missed a 3-pointer from the corner of Kentavius Caldwell-Pope with 3.1 seconds remaining.
“Rebounding beat us tonight. All we had to do was get that last rebound – the last shot of the game. Everyone’s got to get a body on everyone,” said Thibodo.
Kyle Kuzma, who missed Sunday’s game in the lower back, led the Lakers with 23 points and Anthony Davis scored 20.
Los Angeles (39-30) is one game behind sixth-seeded Portland and Dallas in the Western Conference, with three games remaining in the regular season. The Lakers are hoping to have James back in the finals starting Wednesday against Houston.
“We know what position we are in.” We are playing desperate. Davis said that this is all we can do. This win is our confidence boost. If Lebron comes back tomorrow, hopefully we can find him in rhythm and back in rhythm. We want him to be healthy and ready for the playoffs. “
Randall had 31 points and Rose had 27. New York, Atlanta and Miami all equal 38–31, but only the Heat have finished in the top six of the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks took a 76–73 advantage going into the fourth quarter and scored nine of the first 11 points in the period with 85–75, with 7:39 remaining. The Lakers trailed by seven with 5 minutes to go before going 9–2, as Andre Caldwell’s layoff with an assist from Caldwell-Pope made it 89 to go with 1:56 left.
Rose’s jumper put the Knicks up two with 1:37 remaining, but they were unable to score on their final three possessions.
The Lakers had a 42–40 advantage in the middle of the second quarter before going to 49–42 with nine straight points – including six by Kuzma – with 3:42 remaining. This was the biggest lead in the first three quarters of any team.
Knicks: New York was 3-3 on road trips and was trying to win both of their games in LA for the first time since the 1996–97 season. … Alec Berks (left knee injury) and Emanuel Quickley (sprained left ankle) were ruled out for the third straight game.
Lakers: Drummond (16 points, 18 rebounds) posted his 25th double-double this season, including his seventh since joining Los Angeles on March 28.
Knicks: Start off the regular season with three straight home games, starting Thursday against San Antonio.
Lakers: Host Houston on Wednesday. Los Angeles will unveil its 2019-20 Championship banner before the game.
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