Grimes broke out of his recent slump by putting up 22 points and shooting 6-8 from outside the arc as the Knicks tormented the Nets 142–118 for their seventh consecutive victory.
The victory also moved them to just 1.5 games behind the Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed with still 18 games remaining.
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Knicks’ Quentin Grimes was money all night:
Grimes was feeling his shot right from the get-go Wednesday, as he shot a perfect 3/3 from three-point range with nine points in the first quarter and would close out the first half with 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 4-5 from downtown.
Nobody needed a game like this more than Grimes did, as he had been previously struggling since the Knicks acquired Josh Hart at the trade deadline a few weeks ago.
Entering Wednesday, Grimes was averaging just five points and shot an ugly 34.4% from the field in his previous six games. He had scored in single digits every single game in that stretch despite averaging 22 minutes.
Wednesday’s game was a very encouraging that Grimes has found his touch from outside the arc, which will only make the Knicks an even deeper team as the season concludes.
“QG’s somebody we’re going to need down the stretch,” Julius Randle said postgame.
Grimes accounted for six of the Knicks’ 20 made threes Wednesday night, which is a new season-high for a single game this season. New York’s 57.1% rate from three-point range Wednesday is also a new season-high.
Grimes was also one of five Knicks players to knock down multiple three-pointers Wednesday night. Everything was falling for them, and the vibes surrounding the team right now are immaculate.
The Knicks will look to extend the win streak to eight games when they head out on the road for a duel against the Miami Heat Friday night.
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