The hot Vegas afternoon turned out a lot better for the Knicks on Monday then it did on Sunday. A 71 – 63 win over the summer version of the Los Angeles Lakers; call them the “summer world champs,” showcased two rookies that the Knicks expect to key organizational pieces for years to come.
First, there was Jerome Jordan. The big man, who struggled big time in his first action as a Knick on Sunday, played more like the player the Knicks thought they drafted. Jordan put back a rebound early in the game and slammed down a dunk on a nice feed from Bill Walker. After the third quarter, he was the only Knick in double figures. Jordan finished with eight points on 4 of 4 shooing.
The rookie also shined on defense. In one second quarter sequence, Jordan had three consecutive blocks. He not only looked better, he looked like an entirely different player. Good news for those who watched him against the Nuggets.
Landry Fields, who impressed with an efficient game on Sunday, was outstanding. The Stanford product led all scorers with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steels.
The Knicks were much better defensively on this afternoon. In the first half alone, they had eight steels and seven blocked shots. They ended the game with eleven of each.
Patrick Ewing Jr., who earned nothing but a fat DNP on Sunday, had four of those blocks. That led the team. Ewing Jr. also had eight points and five rebounds.
Andy Rautins and Toney Douglas were both less impressive in the second game of Vegas – week. Rautins hit only one three pointer in 25 minutes. He did not attempt a two point field goal. Douglas had 6 points and 7 assists in 25 minutes. His best moment came late in the game when he committed a steel then fired a nice pass that Bill Walker slammed home.
Walker had 14 points and only four personal fouls. That was a victory, not only for him, but for the entire Knick team. New York had 46 fouls in the summer league opener. On Monday, they cut that number to 23. Hardly a coincidence that they won the game.
The Knick play again on Wednesday against Toronto at 6pm.
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Written by Jordan Lauterbach
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