Knicks complete comeback to earn first Summer League win after 82-80 win over Magic

July 17, 2022;  Las Vegas, NV, USA;  New York Knicks guard Trevor Keels (3) passes the ball during the NBA Summer League Championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Thomas &;  Mac Center.
July 17, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New York Knicks guard Trevor Keels (3) passes the ball during the NBA Summer League Championship game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Thomas & Mack Center. / Stephen R. Sylvania-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks came back from 13 points to claim their first Summer League win by beating the Orlando Magic, 82-80, in overtime.

Here are the takeaways…

-The Magic came out on a 7-2 run to start the game, but the Knicks trailed by Charlie Brown Jr. And Jaylen Martin would fight to even the score several times in the first quarter. The Magic would go out on a 7-0 run with just over a minute to play, but the Knicks would close the quarter with four straight runs to finish the first down just 23-9.

Brown Jr. and Martin led the Knicks with five points apiece while Michael Foster Jr. had three assists in the opening frame. The Knicks defense, again, couldn’t hold off an opponent. They allowed Orlando to shoot 56% (9 of 16) in the quarter.

— An 8-2 run to start the second quarter gave the Knicks their first lead of the game at 25-23. The scoring during this run came from four different players and this even scoring would continue. The Magic would finish the quarter on a 5-0 run to enter halftime tied at 41.

The Knicks shot much better in the second quarter, shooting 11 of 18 (61%). Defense was also better, keeping the Magic at 35% shooting. Marcus Garrett And Isaiah Roby scored four points each

– The Magic came out on a 7-0 run to start the third and it wouldn’t go much better for the Knicks. Orlando would build a lead as 13 and New York entered the fourth quarter down 64-53.

The Knicks shot a putrid 28 percent (5-18) and scored just 12 points in the quarter. Isaiah Roby (two points), Dmytro Skapintsev (two points) and Martin (two points), Jalen Harris (two points), Brown Jr. (two points) and QJ Peterson (two points) were the only players to score in the third.

– The fourth quarter was a much different story as the Knicks went on a 9-0 run thanks to three from Peterson, Brown Jr. and Trevor Bowling. New York would bring the score back to 66-64 with 6:38 remaining. A Brown Jr. three put the Knicks within a point with three minutes remaining and would take the lead with 2:35 remaining. The Knicks would have the ball with the score tied at 73 with 12 seconds remaining. Foster Jr. would take a pass from Brown Jr. and lay it down to give the Knicks the lead with seven seconds left. Out of a dead time, Anthony Black would tip a missed three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 75 and send the game into overtime.

Neither team shot particularly well with the Knicks shooting 33% and the Magic 25%, but New York doubled Orlando 22-11 in the fourth to stand a chance.

– Summer League overtime is different in that it’s a race to a number. In this case, it was 82. Overtime was when Peterson took over, hitting a corner two and then a three after a wild streak where the Knicks grabbed three straight offensive rebounds. The Magic would tie at 80 apiece, but Martin would drive to his left and hit a floating jumper to put the game away.

Martin finished with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and three assists. Brown Jr. had a team-high 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-7 on three. Peterson finished with 16 points on 6 of 19 shooting along with nine rebounds and five assists.

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