Knicks takeaways from Thursday's 116-103 win against Rockets, including Miles McBride's breakout night

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Miles McBride driving to the rim white uniform
Miles McBride driving to the rim white uniform

After watching Steph Curry set the all-time three-point record at MSG, the Knicks shot lights out from deep in their 116-103 road win over the Rockets on Thursday night.

Here are the takeaways...

- Aside from Julius Randle and Evan Fournier who had 10 and 11 points, respectively, no other Knicks starter had more than two points in the first quarter. It wouldn’t matter, though, as Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley made their presence known off the bench, draining two three-pointers each and shooting 4-of-5 from deep. As a team, the Knicks shot 7-of-11 from downtown after one.

- With Nerlens Noel getting into early foul trouble, Mitchell Robinson played most of the first quarter but the Knicks didn’t miss a beat as Robinson went 2-for-2 from the field and added two blocks. However, as a whole, New York didn’t defend particularly well, giving up multiple wide open dunks and ultimately led 39-30 after the first quarter.

- The Knicks started the second quarter as hot as they finished the first, going on a 14-6 run, led by McBride, to lead by 17. But, as hot as they were shooting the ball for the first 16 minutes of the game, they went just as cold for the remaining eight, going just 2-of-8 from three-point range in the quarter and 6-of-19 from the field. The Rockets finished the half on a 15-4 run of their own to bring the score back to 57-51 as the Knicks’ starters continued to struggle together.

- Already short-handed, the Knicks’ Derrick Rose, who didn’t look right from the beginning of the game, did not return to the contest due to a sore right ankle. However, Fournier found his stroke once again in the third quarter, draining a three to begin the action. Still, the Knicks allowed the Rockets to inch their way closer into the game, even letting them take the lead for a brief moment, and finished the quarter only up 84-82.

- But it was a totally different story in the 4th quarter. The Knicks began the final frame on a 7-0 run and completely pulled away from the Rockets thanks to five straight threes from Quickley. His seven made threes in the game was a career high for the second-year pro as were his 24 points. The rookie McBride also had a career-high 15 points, nine assists and four steals in his best game as a Knick. Robinson finished 8-for-8 and his 17 points were also a season-best as the Knicks beat the Rockets, 116-103 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Highlights

What's next

The Knicks finish up their two-game road trip when they travel to Boston to play the Celtics on Saturday at 7 p.m.