Blake Griffin soared to 29 points, Randy Foye had 28, but the Clippers attack was not enough to defeat the balanced scoring of the Knicks.
With 21 points from sixth man J.R. Smith and four of five starters in double figures, the Knicks defeated the team with the Western Conference’s fifth best record. In doing so, the Knicks have likely earned the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.
The Knicks led 24-19 after the first quarter and extended their lead at the half. The Knicks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter and outscored the Clippers 26-18 in the paint. Steve Novak contributed two three-pointers as the Knicks built their lead, but the Clippers fought back to bring the half to a close with a 48-39 Knicks advantage.
Randy Foye erupted in the third quarter for 11 points including two threes at the beginning of the period. The Clippers worked back to a 55-55 tie before the Knicks rebuilt the lead to 11 with 1:30 to go in the quarter. The third quarter ended with the Knicks ahead 74-66.
In the first four and a half minutes of the final quarter the Knicks extended their lead to 90-72. With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the bench the Clippers came firing back to bring the game to 94-93 with 52 seconds left. With a field goal and two free throws, Smith secured the win for the Knicks.
The win brings the Knicks record under Interim Head Coach Mike Woodson to 17-6, with an 11-1 home record during his tenure. Tonight the Knicks close out the regular season in Charlotte against the lowly Bobcats. Tonight’s win likely earned the Knicks a playoff series against the Miami Heat.