ORLANDO, Fla. — RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson wanted to forget their performances in Saturday’s blowout loss to Cleveland. Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin wanted to continue their momentum.
It all happened in a perfect storm that provided the first triple-double of Quickley’s career.
A day later, Barrett and Robinson reversed their fortunes, ripping through the Magic with strong plays when the Knicks caught a 118-88 laugh at the Garden South — aka the Amway Center.
It’s been a dizzying night in downtown Orlando — even if this season is a complete failure and the Knicks have upped the score with a weary 20-59 club.
As fans chanted “O-bi” in the fourth quarter as the Knicks built a 30-plus point lead, Toppin followed up on his career high on Saturday by scoring 20 points with eight rebounds and a 37 plus.
Quickley finished the tournament with 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. He got his last rebound with the Knicks by 27 points when rookie guard Miles McBride probably should have been in the game.
Toppin scored on the quick break with nifty dunks but also showed off his improving 3-point shot by dumping 4 of 10 Treys.
Barrett had 27 points with six assists and shot a healthy 9-of-20 from the field. Robinson added 12 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
The Knicks led by 32 points after three quarters and the crowd chanted, “Let’s Go Knicks.” It’s hard to believe the Knicks lost two games to Orlando this season at the Garden. The teams finished the season series 2–2, with neither club able to win at home.
On Saturday, Barrett was held to 12 points on 4 of 18 shooting with three turnovers. Meanwhile, against Cavaliers center Moses Brown, Robinson seemed oddly distant and was getting muscular.
Barrett and Robinson brought muscle on Sunday as the Knicks got up 57-47 at the break and led almost the entire way.
Barrett attacked the rim relentlessly to make up for Saturday’s dismal performance. Barrett opened the game with a 3-pointer. He ended up with 15 points in the first half, despite only shooting 5 of 13.
Midway through the second quarter, Barrett missed a wild layup attempt and the Magic hit in transition with Mo Wagner’s layup, putting the Magic 39-36.
Wagner hit a putback home over Knicks rookie center Jericho Sims, giving the Magic a 45-44 lead. The Knicks ended the second quarter on a 13-2 run, with Quickley (13 points on nine first-half shots) heating up and Robinson hitting with two monster alley-oop lobs — one from Barrett.
After a lethargic performance on Saturday, Robinson was all over the glass with an extra swing at both ends. Robinson finished the first half with four blocks, two steals, six points and eight rebounds in 16:39. He may have been motivated to face off against Harlem-born Mo Bamba, a restricted free agent, this summer.
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