NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 20 26 32 29 107
LA Clippers 38 44 19 27 128
12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET20:30 GMT4:30 1:30 PM MST3:30 PM EST0:30 UAE (+1)21:3015:30 ET2:30 PM CT19:30 , March 3, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 19,068

Knicks go for season sweep vs. Clippers

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Los Angeles Clippers

  1. The Knicks have won three of their last five games, but lost their most recent game against Cleveland on Thursday by a score of 125-118. It was New York's 13th time this season allowing at least 125 points, the most in a single season by the team since 1979-80 (15).
  2. Over the last eight team games, the Knicks bench has averaged 55.3 points on 51.2 percent shooting. New York's starters over that time have averaged 54.8 points on 39.6 percent shooting.
  3. Mitchell Robinson has blocked at least two shots in 10 consecutive games, the longest-active streak in the NBA. All of this production has come off the bench -- Robinson is the first player with multiple blocks off the bench in 10 straight games since Hassan Whiteside did so in 13 straight in February-March, 2016.
  4. The Knicks have lost 11 of their last 12 games against the Clippers dating back to the 2012-13 season. New York, however, has won three of nine road games played this season against the West.

The New York Knicks will go for a season sweep of Los Angeles when they visit the Clippers for an afternoon affair on Sunday.

New York has won just 13 times this season, but three have come in the club's last five games.

Another was recorded in January when the Knicks ventured into the Staples Center for the first time this season and stunned the LeBron James-less Lakers 119-112 behind balanced scoring.

Four of the seven players who scored in double figures for New York that day won't be with the team on Sunday, with Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Enes Kanter having been traded away, while Mario Hezonja is sidelined with a bruised leg.

Knicks newcomers have contributed to the club's recent success, with Dennis Smith Jr. scoring 19 points in last Sunday's home win over San Antonio, before Henry Ellenson put up 13 points in a win two nights later against Orlando.

A trip west means a homecoming for impressive Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier, who grew up in Seattle, attended high school in Nevada and played one season at Arizona.

The undrafted 23-year-old has exploded for 18 or more points in four of his last six games, averaging 15.7 points while shooting 56 percent overall and 50 percent on 3-pointers.

Trier has just five assists in his last five games, which he says is by design.

"What I do best is score the ball, and I was kind of thinking pass first," he said of the first half of the season. "It kind of took away from how I was playing. I just had to be able to find a balance and get back to being who I am and what I do best."

The Clippers are coming off a key win at Sacramento in their pursuit of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The two clubs entered the showdown separated by just one game in the loss column.

Like the Knicks, the Clippers have been playing improved ball since making some deals at the trade deadline that weren't necessarily designed to result in short-term gain.

Newcomers Landry Shamet (20 points), Ivica Zubac (10 points, 10 rebounds) and JaMychal Green (eight points, 11 rebounds) came up big in the 116-109 win over the Kings.

Shamet acknowledged the importance of Friday's win, which could lead to a letdown against the league's second-worst team on Sunday.

"You pay attention to the playoff standings, where teams are," he admitted to reporters after the Sacramento game. "You don't want to look too far ahead, but they're right with us. Definitely, the playoff race adds motivation."

The Clippers will play their next eight games at the Staples Center, although they'll technically be listed as the visitor when they face the Lakers on Monday night.

Sunday's game also serves as the front end of a back-to-back for the Knicks, who will take a crack at the Kings in Sacramento on Monday.

The Clippers have won six straight at home against the Knicks dating back to 2010.

The clubs will meet in a rematch in New York on March 24.

--Field Level Media

Updated March 2, 2019

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