The New York Knicks are officially back in the NBA playoffs!
Thanks to Kevin Loveâ€™s best game of the season, the Knicks (38-31) got a free ride to the playoffs after the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt Boston Celtics a 102-94 loss.
Love pumped in 30 points and 14 rebounds, both season-highs, as the Knicks heaved a sigh of huge relief at their homes after a painfulÂ overtime loss to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers last night.
It will be the Knicksâ€™ first postseason appearance since Carmelo Anthony led them to the second round of the playoffs in the 2012-13 season.
Knicksâ€™ All-Star forward Julius Randle immediately celebrated the franchiseâ€™s return to the playoffs on Twitter.
Check it off the list. We not close to done #NYWEHEREâ€” Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) May 13, 2021
The Knicks still have plenty of work to do beginning tomorrow nightâ€™s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. With three games left, the New York must sweep its remaining games and hope the Miami Heat (38-31) lose one game to grab the fourth seed in the East and a homecourt edge in the first round playoffs.
The Atlanta Hawks (39-31) momentarily sit as solo fourth after their come-from-behind victory against the Washington Wizards, 120-116, earlier. But the Knicks hold the tie-breaker with a 2-1 record over the Hawks if they wind up with the same record.
Meanwhile, Miami swept New York this season, giving the Heat the edge in case of a tie or even in a three-way tie with the Hawks. In this scenario, the Knicks will be the sixth seed.Â
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