The Knicks win when Immanuel Quickley shoots well

The Knicks win when Immanuel Quickley shoots well

Tom Thibodeau pointed out that the Knicks are a “different” team when Immanuel Quickley is knocking down shots, and the numbers show it.

The reserve guard scored 18 points on Monday in a 129-119 win in Oklahoma City after missing 10 of 11 field goal attempts in the .500 team’s previous two losses to Golden State and Phoenix.

Quickley is shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range (16-for-37) and 46.3 percent overall in the Knicks’ nine wins this season, and 16.1 percent (6-for-31) from long distance and 30.1% from the field in their nine losses.

“Of course, everybody likes to see the ball go in the basket,” Quickley said after the win over the Thunder.

Immanuel Quickley shoots the ball against the Thunder.
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“When the ball doesn’t go in the basket is when you have to keep defending and things like that. But it’s definitely always great when the ball goes in the basket, for sure.”

There have been exceptions. For example, on November 13, Quickley scored a season-high 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting in the Knicks’ 145-135 loss to the Thunder at the Garden.

He made six of eight shots, including 4 of 5 on 3-point attempts, on Monday, the Knicks’ third win in five games on the road trip.

“Quick was great, Quick was great. It was great to see the ball go in for him,” Thibodeau said. “It makes us different. I thought he played really well defensively as well.”

Jalen Brunson averaged 24.0 points on the trip, including 34 to tie his career high in the regular season on Monday.

“The best part about his game is he can give you what you need,” Thibodeau said. “If you need to score, he gives it to you. If you need game, at the end they were doubling, he was creating bands for us. So he can read the game really well and that’s a big plus, that’s what you want from your point guard.”

Brunson said: “It’s kind of a read. Obviously, it felt good. But it’s reading how the defense is playing. My teammates and coaches trust me. You just have to go out there and read it. That’s how it is. The I appreciate your trust in me.”

The Knicks did not practice Tuesday with three days off before hosting the Trail Blazers on Friday. Thibodeau said it was a “good day for recovery and rehab” for injured players Mitchell Robinson (knee soreness), Cam Reddish (groin) and Derrick Rose (toe).

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