Knicks takeaways in Wednesday’s 113-97 loss to Nuggets, including a forgettable first quarter

Elfrid Payton blocked in lane by Nuggets

The Knicks game was over early, as they fell to the Nuggets 113-97 on Wednesday.

Here are some takeaways…

1. RJ Barrett picked up two fouls in the first 21 seconds of the game, and Tom Thibodeau was called for a technical early on. The Knicks missed 19 of their first 21 shots, and were just 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) in the first quarter. They were outrebounded 19-11, and let likely MVP Nikola Jokic go for 24 points and six boards in the first, as they trailed 34-12 after one.

2. The Knicks have been one of the best three-point shooting teams over their last 13 games – that was not the case on Wednesday. They knocked just five of 17 from the perimeter in the first half, and 13 of 35 overall (37.1 percent).

3. Julius Randle did not hit a three-pointer for the first time since April 5 – he had previously made a three in 14-straight games. He finished with 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting, and 0-for-5 from three.

4. Immanuel Quickley had double-digit points for the fourth time in five games, as he finished with a team-high 18 points.

5. Former Knick Austin Rivers dropped 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including knocking down six of his nine shots from behind the arc.

6. There were five Knicks in double-figures: Randle, Quickley, Barrett (14), Reggie Bullock (14), and Derrick Rose (14).

7. If the game didn’t include the first and quarter, the Knicks would have won. They outscored the Nuggets 85-79 the rest of the way.

What’s next?

The Knicks will be off on Thursday before they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns at 10 p.m. on Friday.

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