Something for Knicks fans to be thankful for: a real, live winning streak.
Behind 27 points from Emmanuel Mudiay — including 15 in the final six minutes — and a career-high 25 points from the crowd-pleasing rookie Allonzo Trier, the Knicks rallied for an improbable 114-109 win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Pelicans led 101-92 with 6:00 remaining, and after what had been three competitive quarters, it was shaping up as another night when the Knicks got edged in crunch time by a superior club.
Instead, to the delight of the Thanksgiving weekend crowd, the Knicks ripped off a late 16-2 run. Mudiay, relentlessly pushing the pace, had 12 of the Knicks’ points during that decisive run.
“Just getting stops and getting out and running, I think that’s what the main thing was,” Mudiay said.
The Knicks (6-14) are a .300 club at the approximate one-quarter mark of the season. But with two consecutive victories over playoff-caliber opponents — on Wednesday, they stunned the Celtics on the road — there is a growing optimism around David Fizdale’s young club as it heads into a revenge game of sorts against his old Grizzlies team.
Modal TriggerEmmanuel Mudiay, who scored 27 points, goes up for a shot during the Knicks win.
Emmanuel Mudiay, who scored 27 points, goes up for a shot during the Knicks win.AP
“Hopefully this can become a habit of maturing and growing to finish games better,” Fizdale said.