The New York Knicks came to London with a four gaming losing streak and without their best post player as Enes Kanter did not make the trip over due to his own personal safety concerns. Luke Kornet started in his place and delivered with 16 points and five steals. He shot 4-6 from behind the arc as his ability to stretch the floor gave the Knicks an opportunity to win the game.
With less than five seconds remaining, the Knicks were leading 100-99 and the Wizards had the ball. Thomas Bryant drove to the basket and was blocked by Allonzo Trier, but he was called for goaltending as time expired and the Knicks lost 101-100. The undrafted rookie out of Arizona had a solid game as he went 5-8 from the floor for 13 points as he continues to build on an impressive rookie campaign. Damyean Dotson also scored 13 points on 5-8 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc.
Emmanuel Mudiay had one of his best games as a Knick as he scored 25 points on 11-18 shooting. The fourth year point guard is in the middle of a career year with the Knicks as he is finally delivering on the immense potential that he brought to the NBA, shooting a career high 45.1 percent from the floor.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is also having a career year as he is averaging a career high 19.5 points per game to pace the Knicks’ offense. He struggled against the Wizards as he scored only eight points on 2-7 shooting, numbers that are far too low for the Knicks to win games this season. Hardaway Jr. did not get going in London, which cannot happen for a team that has limited scoring options. He has to demand the ball on the wing as he is a player who can consistently get 20 points a game.
Kevin Knox also struggled in London as he went 2-11 from the floor for five points. He missed all six of his three-point attempts and his only real contribution was that he did not commit a single turnover. The rookie out of Kentucky has been going through some growing pains in his debut season, but he needs to be more consistent with his shooting to provide the Knicks a more solid scoring threat as the season progresses.
The absence of Kanter was felt as the Knicks were -9 on the glass and gave up 15 offensive rebounds. Noah Vonleh did record a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but he lacks Kanter’s offensive polish. His ability to bring energy and grab rebounds is vital, but Vonleh has to be a confident scorer in the post for the Knicks to have success.
The loss in London drops the Knicks to 10-34 on the season and brings their losing streak to five games. The 2018-19 season has been tough for the Knicks as they are headed for the lottery for the sixth consecutive season.