Not a good start to the West Coast trip.
Jalen Brunson withdrew from Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a sore left foot, the team said. Brunson started the game, but did not return after limping into the locker room during halftime. The point guard finished with 19 points, two assists and two rebounds after playing 19 minutes of the first half.
Brunson missed the previous two games – Tuesday’s loss to the Hornets and Sunday’s overtime double against the Celtics in Boston – with the same foot injury. Immanuel Quickley started the previous two games and also started the second half for the Knicks on Thursday night.
The left-handed guard was the Knicks’ only standout during the first half against the Kings, who entered Thursday tied for second in the Western Conference. The Knicks shot 38.6% from the field and 23.3% from 3-point range in the first half as they went into halftime trailing by 16.
Brunson’s All-Star teammate Julius Randle wasn’t much help in the first half, going 2-7 from the field for seven points. The attacker also didn’t offer much resistance at the defensive end, being exposed by the highest scoring offense in the NBA.
The Kings entered Thursday averaging 121.1 points per game.
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