Game stream: Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks
The Houston Rockets (1-15) play against the New York Knicks (7-7) at Madison Square Garden
Game Time: 5:00 PM EST on Saturday November 20, 2021
Houston Rockets 99, New York Knicks 106 (Final)
What’s the buzz on Twitter?
Jalen Green:“I feel like I could take on more of a leader role. Telling guys not to get away from it, let’s get back to what we were doing. Or I can take control of the ball, and get on the ball more. I’m a rookie. I still have a lot to figure out. I don’t want to force anything” – 10:00 PM
The Celtics get 33-8-5 from Jayson Tatum and beat the Thunder, 111-105. Boston has now won 7 of its last 10, and improves to 9-8 on the season – with the league’s worst team, Houston, on deck Monday. – 9:40 PM
Tom Thibodeau on Nerlens Noel, who had 3 blks vs HOU in his 1st game since 11/8: “(He) gives you elite rim protection, great decision-making, (he’s a) multiple-effort guy. You couldn’t ask anything more from your center. He doesn’t give up on plays, doesn’t give in. That’s huge.” – 9:22 PM
🗣 YEAH, NERLS
Over the next 15 games, the Knicks will face the Warriors, Suns, Bulls (twice), Nets, Bucks, Nuggets, Lakers, Hawks and Celtics.
Grizzlies currently look like a Lottery team. Like, not Houston Rockets bad. But a tier better than that bad. – 8:35 PM
Nerlens Noel fields a question from a French reporter about Evan Fournier: “He has a great sense of style,” Noel said. “That’s what y’all do in France, huh?” – 8:30 PM
Jalen Green says the team can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result, in terms of fourth-quarter collapses. Says they got away from ball movement and good execution and went isolation. – 8:29 PM
Celtics up to 16 assists already. They haven’t had more than 24 assists in any game this season that ended in regulation. Their two highest assist totals, 34 against the Knicks and 33 against Charlotte, both came in OT games. – 8:27 PM
Found a way to win. Right back to it tomorrow in Chicago.
Gave it all he got.
Alec Burks finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 made 3-pointers and 5 steals in the Knicks win.
He joins Stephon Marbury and Latrell Sprewell as just the third player in Knicks franchise with more than 5 made treys and at least five steals in a single game. – 8:08 PM
After squeaker win over Rockets, Thibodeau said it “was not a smooth win” but complimented many. Raved on about Noel and Burks of course. – 8:04 PM
Over the Knicks previous four games combined, Fournier scored a total of 19 points and shot 3-of-14 from downtown.
In tonight’s victory over Houston, Fournier had 19 points and was 5-of-10 from deep. – 8:00 PM
Thibs says they’ll talk to Kemba about potentially playing in Chicago tomorrow night – if Kemba says he feels good and can play, he’ll suit up – 7:57 PM
Tom Thibodeau says he’ll talk to Kemba Walker in the morning to see where he’s at, re: Walker playing on the second half of a back to back tomorrow in Chicago. “If he feels good, he’ll go…You trust Kemba,” Thibodeau said. – 7:55 PM
Silas liked Daniel Theis’ defense on Randle (4-for-15) — one of the reasons for putting the starters back in to close the game. Also noted that Alperen Sengun had played 13 straight minutes up until that point and alluded to fatigue. – 7:54 PM
Christian Wood led the team tonight!
🚀 18 PTS
🚀 12 REB
“We tried to get the ball moving. Made some plays for each other. Played great defense. Ball went in for us.”
A game-high nine assists for Julius Randle tonight.
The Knicks are now 5-1 when Randle dishes out seven or more assists this season. – 7:49 PM
Silas’ reasons for Theis playing over Sengun in crunch time:
1. Defense on Julius Randle
2. Sengun had played 13 straight minutes when he was subbed out – 7:47 PM
The 3-point line has buried NY a few times this season, but it saved the Knicks tonight.
NY made 18 three-pointers and outscored Houston by 24 points from behind the arc.
Burks and Fournier were 13-of-21 from downtown – 7:46 PM
Got the job done.
Alec Burks had 17 points, 4 steals, 3 assists & 4 rebs in 4th quarter to help lift NYK to a win over HOU. Burks went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc in the 4th to help NYK avoid its worst loss to HOU since Game 7 of the ’94 Finals. Evan Fournier had 19 points, went 5-for-10 from 3. – 7:38 PM
What’s the opposite of a moral victory?
An immoral victory?
Whatever it is, that’s what the Knicks had tonight. They should be embarrassed/infuriated they let this 1-14 Rockets team hang close.
Nonetheless, a win is a win. And they badly needed a win. On to Chicago. – 7:38 PM
Final: Knicks 106, Rockets 99.
Knicks improve to 9-7 on the season. Next up: the Bulls tomorrow night.
• Burks 20-5-3, 6-7 3Ps
• Fournier 19 pts, 5-10 3Ps
• Randle 16-10-9
• Wood 18 & 12
Knicks shot 18-for-41 from deep. – 7:38 PM
It’s another loss but I really thought the Rockets competed tonight in New York. Jalen Green made some tough shots. Sengun, KJ Martin played well. They need to make changes, deals and it will be a long year, but there are some building blocks here. – 7:36 PM
Knicks 106, Rockets 99. Rockets 1-15.
With the game on the line in the final five minutes, the Rockets made 3 of 9 shots, 2 of 4 free throws and committed two turnovers. – 7:36 PM
So is Knicks Twitter good with Burks now? – 7:36 PM
Rockets miss three unbelievably wide-open 3s down the stretch. Knicks, who were blindfolded early, made theirs. – 7:30 PM
It’s a little concerning for the Knicks that Houston is letting Eric Gordon guard Julius Randle with no help and he’s holding his own. – 7:30 PM
Eric Gordon is such a good defender when engaged – 7:30 PM
My gosh what a move by Jalen Green – 7:29 PM
Big shot by Green. Rockets down 5 with 1:35 to go. – 7:29 PM
Alec Burks has 17 in the 4th Q as the Knicks are fending off the 1-14 Houston Rockets – 7:28 PM
You know you’ve lost a million games in a row when Alec Burks hits you for 16 in the 4th quarter – 7:27 PM
Alec Burks is now 6-for-6 from 3-point range. – 7:27 PM
Knicks taking over down the stretch. Wow. Three triples byke to byke. – 7:27 PM
Knicks up five, Gordon misses a pair of wide open 3s. And Burks hits another. Knicks by eight with 2:21 left. – 7:26 PM
One bright spot for the Knicks: Alec Burks is stringing together a heck of a stretch lately. Been so reliable off the bench for them and been their best player tonight. – 7:26 PM
FOURTH. QUARTER. BURKS. – 7:26 PM
Alec Burks is winning this game for the Knicks. – 7:26 PM
We’re approaching clutch time, ladies and gentlemen. Can the Rockets pull one out of their hats and break the streak? – 7:21 PM
Thibs bringing back Fournier to close the game. – 7:21 PM
BIG MONEY AB – 7:20 PM
Rockets have had just three games with a five-point margin in the final five minutes all season. Up two with 6 1/2 minutes left, they seem headed for another. – 7:19 PM
Cmon guys. Don’t lose to the rockets – 7:18 PM
Quick summary of Knicks-Rockets:
The Knicks had a last-shot possession after a dead ball, at end of third quarter … and it ended, at least somewhat intentionally, in a Nerlens Noel 3-point attempt. – 7:17 PM
Consecutive Rockets turnovers and Silas rushes Green, Gordon back in. Rockets up 1, 8:40 left. Burks long 3 for the lead. – 7:13 PM
Mitchell Robinson is OUT for the rest of the game with the bruised nose, Knicks say. – 7:09 PM
The Knicks do some shockingly dumb things for a team filled with veteran players. – 7:09 PM
The Knicks have relied on their reserves to save them throughout this season. That’s not happening tonight. Whether it’s starters or reserves out there, Knicks just haven’t found their rhythm, and now they’re down six in the fourth quarter at home to the 1-14 Rockets. – 7:05 PM
End of three!
Through three quarters, the Rockets lead the Knicks 73-72.
• Fournier 17 pts, 5-8 3Ps
• Randle 13-7-7
• Wood 17-10-3
• Green 14 pts
Knicks shooting 39-40-86. – 7:00 PM
Rockets 73, Knicks 72 after 1. Rockets are 1-1 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter, 0-13 when they don’t. – 6:59 PM
Omg organic Nerlens Noel corner 3 – 6:59 PM
Officials reviewing a Wood offensive foul as a flagrant. Left elbow caught Noel on an attempted 3. – 6:57 PM
Both Knicks centers who have played tonight have been hit in the face extremely hard. – 6:57 PM
There has been some really great offensive execution from Houston tonight on some of these possessions. Ball + player movement has been fluid. – 6:55 PM
Knicks say Mitchell Robinson is questionable to return due to a bruised nose. – 6:53 PM
Mitchell Robinson is questionable to return to tonight’s game. He has a bruised nose, the Knicks say. Got hit in the face by Jae’Sean Tate earlier in the game. – 6:53 PM
Obi checking back in – Knicks fans can breath a sigh of relief – 6:53 PM
Mitchell Robinson has not returned to the bench since leaving for the locker room with his banged up nose. – 6:52 PM
Rough minutes again for Kemba Walker and Thibs takes him out. – 6:52 PM
Will Evan Fournier get to play this fourth quarter after sitting out four straight? Well, he’s the one player this game who deserves to. Right now has 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting. – 6:49 PM
Those three-pointers to take a 5-point lead to 2 as opposed to a lead going to 7 or 8 are underrated. Big shot by Eric Gordon. – 6:47 PM
Knicks knock down consecutive 3s to take the lead. Silas time out. Tough choice for him. Theis is 0 for 5 but he’s matched up with Julius Randle who is 2 of 10. About the time Martin, Sengun checked in in the first half. – 6:43 PM
Over the Knicks previous five games,
Fournier was 4-of-18 from downtown.
Fournier is 4-of-6 from downtown tonight – 6:43 PM
Knicks not paying much attention to Daniel Theis offensively. He’s 0-for-5 tonight, 0-4 on threes. He might be spaced well, but it’s not really playing to Houston’s advantage. – 6:42 PM
Over the Knicks last six quarters, 15 of the 21 shots Julius Randle had attempted have been 3-pointers – 6:41 PM
Nice find, nice finish.
Knicks’ schedule after tonight:
• at Bulls
• vs. Lakers
• vs. Suns
• at Hawks
• at Nets
• vs. Bulls
• vs. Nuggets
They could use this win big time. Rockets currently lead by four in the third quarter. – 6:37 PM
Mitchell Robinson took an elbow to his nose and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s broken. – 6:37 PM
3Q of DOOM warning as second half begins: #Knicks starters have been outscored by 43 points in the third quarter AT HOME this season. Second-worst in the #NBA. Only the Lakers starters have been worse (-52). @KnicksMSGN – 6:36 PM
Mitchell Robinson took a Jae’Sean Tate elbow in the mouth on the Tate drive and is getting medical attention. Tate put Rockets up six. – 6:34 PM
Nightmare first half for the Knicks vs. Houston. Rockets have 13 turnovers and are 4-for-19 from beyond the arc but game is tied 47-47. NYK needed a 14-4 run late in 2nd quarter to make it close. Rebounding is hurting NYK again. HOU is outrebounding them, 27-17, & has 6 off rebs. – 6:25 PM
Rockets 47, Knicks 47 at half. Wood and Green are both 4 of 5. Rest of Rockets 8 of 29. – 6:18 PM
All squared up at 47 at the break. Rockets have found success with Christian Wood high PnRs or simply him rolling to the rim, should look for more of that in the 2nd half. Leads all scorers with 12. – 6:17 PM
Halftime. Knicks and Rockets are tied at 47.
• Fournier 11 pts
• Randle 8-5-5
• Wood 12-8-3
• Gordon, Green 9 pts each
Knicks shooting 35-37-86.
Rockets shooting 41-21-65 with 13 TOs. – 6:17 PM
Ev starting to heat up.
Knicks playing with way more pace these last few minutes. Running after stops more. Getting into sets with a little more urgency. Not settling as often. – 6:14 PM
Grown man moves.
Knicks starting to utilize the two-man game between Randle and Fournier… need to see more of that, as it accentuates both players strengths – 6:11 PM
The Knicks miss everything portion of the evening seems to have ended. Knicks up 1, two minutes left in the half. – 6:10 PM
Update: The Knicks are winning now. – 6:09 PM
Game getting kinda chippy. Rockets clinging to a. 38-33 lead with 4 minutes to go. – 6:08 PM
Obi Toppin left the bench and walked to the locker room with a limp during that last timeout late in the second quarter. He appeared to hurt his leg when fouled on a dunk attempt earlier in the second quarter vs. HOU. – 6:07 PM
Kemba limped back to the bench for the timeout, but looks like he is gonna stay in the game – 6:04 PM
Eric Gordon getting minutes at the 3 to get Brooks on the floor with Green – 6:02 PM
Only three shots tonight for Jalen Green but he’s gotten better at turning the corner and putting pressure on the defense, either forcing a foul or opening up space for another teammate. – 5:57 PM
#Rockets Alperen Sengun remains on the court during the timeout with the staff looking at his lower back, he pokes his head up, says I’m ok, then rises to his feet and heads back to the bench, where he continues to receive attention. He appears to be staying in the game. – 5:53 PM
Alperen Sengun went down hard after a Robinson blocked shot. Rockets call timeout to help. – 5:52 PM
Of all the strange parts of this game — and oh, there are plenty of them — the thing that’s standing out to me the most is that the Knicks are forcing all these live-ball turnovers and yet, they’re barely getting out running after them. Just not springy at all right now. – 5:51 PM
Robert Williams has been ruled out tonight. Ime Udoka reiterated that its “nothing long term” with him or Jaylen Brown. They’re both “feeling better.” Udoka hopeful they’ll be ready for Monday’s game against Houston. – 5:49 PM
Nerlens Noel apparently displeased that he was called for a flagrant and Sengun was not. Hit with a T. – 5:48 PM
End of 1.
It’s not just Houston who has a problem. This has gotta be the Knicks’ worst quarter of the season. Houston, who has a 13-game losing streak, leads the Knicks, 21-13. Rockets are shooting 7 for 21. Knicks are 5 for 23. – 5:41 PM
Rockets 21, Knicks 13 after one. Fewest points the Rockets have allowed in a quarter this season. Knicks 5 of 23. Rockets on 12-2 run. Someone better check on Thibs. – 5:40 PM
Through one quarter, the Rockets lead the Knicks 21-13.
Knicks shooting 5-23 from the field and 3-10 from 3.
Rockets shooting 7-21 from the field and 2-13 from 3 with 8 turnovers.
It’s been quite the adventure. – 5:40 PM
That was the worst first quarter I’ve seen the Knicks play in a long, long, long time… – 5:40 PM
Rockets defending well, Knicks shooting horribly. But fouling D.J. Augustin on consecutive possessions far from the basket is more difficult to explain. – 5:38 PM
Rockets: “it’s impossible for a team to play to worse or to play sloppier than us!!!!”
Knicks starters: “Challenge accepted! Hold my beer.”
Houston is shooting 31% in the first quarter and have 8 turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
NY is shooting 19%. Seriously. – 5:36 PM
Rockets throw away A LOT of possessions off wild passes. 8 turnovers already in the first quarter. – 5:33 PM
Nerlens Noel shoved Alperen Sengun from behind. Officials reviewed and upgraded to a flagrant-1. – 5:30 PM
Indication of how poorly the Knicks have played thus far – the loudest cheer from the MSG crowd during the first quarter has been for Jon Snow on celebrity row – 5:28 PM
Nuggets next 14 games:
Denver’s 9-7 now. What will their record be after the next 14 games, 11 of which are on the road? – 5:26 PM
Knicks 3 of 16 to start. Rockets 4 of 13 with seven turnovers. But that’s enough to lead. Knicks bench has been very good this season. But Thibs sticks with starters for a few more minutes. – 5:26 PM
We’re seven and a half minutes into the game. The Knicks are 3-for-16 from the field. The Rockets are 4-for-13 with 7 turnovers.
First to 50 wins. – 5:25 PM
Midway through the first quarter, Knicks and Rockets have combined to shoot 5-for-24 and Houston has seven turnovers. Knicks lead, 8-4. – 5:24 PM
Six minutes in, and I can say this is truly a terrible game. Houston has seven turnovers already. Knicks lead 8-4. – 5:22 PM
Bad news: Knicks starters are once again playing like dookie.
Good news: They’re playing the Rockets.
Ugly, ugly basketball
NY up 5-4 – 5:19 PM
The Rockets, who are averaging more turnovers per game than any team in the last 21 years, have six turnovers in the first four minutes. – 5:17 PM
Rockets are 1-of-6 with 6 turnovers in 4 minutes and only trail by 3 – 5:17 PM
Rockets up to six turnovers in four minutes. This thriller is still just 5-4, Knicks. – 5:17 PM
Rockets turn it over on each of first two trips down the floor, makes it six out of past nine games they have turned it over on first possession. – 5:13 PM
Jalen Green changed up his hair – 5:12 PM
LET’S GO KNICKS. – 5:10 PM
Stephen Silas said it’s important to keep the pace up especially without Kevin Porter Jr. They’re at their best playing fast off misses.
The Knicks are a good halfcourt defensive group and Houston has struggled to execute against teams that can get set up. – 4:46 PM
Knicks rolling with the same starting lineup:
Kemba, Fournier, Barrett, Randle, Robinson.
It’s a good time for them to get it going. The Rockets are on pace for the worst season in NBA history. – 4:45 PM
Kemba Walker will play tonight against the Rockets. Knicks are on the first night of a back-to-back. Walker sat for the first night of the Knicks’ last back-to-back but said he’d take a resting plan day by day/see how his body felt. No word on his status for tomorrow in Chicago. – 4:37 PM
#Rockets starters vs Knicks:
Green, Gordon, Tate, Wood, Theis
Knicks starters: Barrett, Walker, Robinson, Randle, Fournier – 4:34 PM
Rockets starters: Tate, Wood, Theis, Green, Gordon.
Knicks: Barrett, Randle, Robinson, Fournier, Walker. – 4:31 PM
Nerlens Noel seems to get healthy when needed. Taj Gibson is out with groin today vs. Houston and here comes Noel back from the shelf. – 4:08 PM
clocking in at MSG ⌚️
Stephen Silas says he’ll take matchups into consideration when determining his starting lineup, which is why Danuel House started in OKC: “If we’re playing against a bigger, more physical center, it’s more advantageous for us to have Theis out there to defend him…” pic.twitter.com/6edHUf8i0W – 3:43 PM
Rockets have ruled out Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) for Saturday’s game vs the Knicks – 3:33 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. Out for Rockets. – 3:32 PM
Kevin Porter Jr is out today, per Stephen Silas – 3:31 PM
Kevin Porter Jr. will miss his second straight game, per Coach Silas. – 3:31 PM
Taj Gibson is day to day, Tom Thibodeau says. Says he hurt the groin “through the course of the games.” Wasn’t one moment where he sustained the injury. – 3:18 PM
Taj out Nerlens in for today’s game against Rockets. – 3:16 PM
Taj Gibson is out for the Knicks. Nerlens Noel is in. Both as expected. – 3:16 PM
Taj Gibson (groin) is OUT today against the Rockets. Nerlens Noel will return from his right knee sprain, Tom Thibodeau says. – 3:15 PM
Nerlens Noel is playing tonight against the Rockets. Taj Gibson is out. – 3:15 PM
Monty Williams said when players ask if some family members can come along to certain activities, Williams encourages them to bring everyone. They are on the road for Thanksgiving next week but don’t play so Williams’ and a lot of players’ families will be in New York with them. – 2:44 PM
The Lakers, Nets and Knicks have had the NBA’s 4th, 5th and 6th easiest schedules, respectively, to start the season.
📅 On this day in 1970, the San Diego Rockets’ Elvin Hayes had 50 points and 25 rebounds in a 121-106 win over the Sonics.
Early matchup tonight in the Big Apple!
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