New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The New York Knicks (12-16) play against the Houston Rockets (19-19) at Toyota Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Thursday December 16, 2021

New York Knicks 52, Houston Rockets 36 (Q2 07:27)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Knicks getting their revenge for the 1994 NBA Finals by drubbing the Rockets on Rudy T night. – 8:51 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
This from Miles McBride is what one might call playing your way into the rotation. – 8:50 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Miles McBride is never going to come out of a game again. – 8:50 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Mitchel Robinson being an unmovable object for Alperen Sengun as he tries to score in the post. – 8:49 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Deuce. Could. Go. All. The. Way! pic.twitter.com/bJEi793M5l8:48 PM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Maybe the most impressive aspect of what both Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride bring to the table the clear sense that they feel/believe they belong on an NBA court despite being rookies.
No fear. Complete confidence in their ability. No hesitation. – 8:48 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets cratering without Theis – 8:45 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Miles McBride goes by Deuce because he is the Knicks’ second chance at Frank. – 8:44 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
McBride hits a pair of threes, but the thing that will put him close to Thibodeau’s heart is that he is a very tenacious defender. Watching him and Eric Gordon go at each other, tough. – 8:41 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Miles McBride defense has been the real deal so far. – 8:40 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
All systems go in Houston.
Q1 Offense:
▪ 39 PTS
▪ 7 3PM
▪ 57.1% FG pic.twitter.com/Vt9ahAILiL8:40 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
End of 1.
Rockets: 30
Knicks: 39
@kroger | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/aLpFSJa1Wf8:38 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Knicks 39, Rockets 30 after one. Knicks with 18 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the quarter. Knicks shooting extremely well — 7 of 11 on 3s — but Rockets second unit not getting in the way, at all. – 8:37 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Through one quarter, the Knicks lead the Rockets 39-30.
• Radle 10-2-2
• Fournier 11 pts, 3 asts
• Quickley, McBride 6 pts each
• Tate 6-2-3
Knicks hit seven 3s in the opening quarter. – 8:37 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Miles McBride is gonna be responsible for the destruction of my Twitter mentions. – 8:36 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Ev starting to cook 👨‍🍳
11 PTS / 3-4 FG / 3 AST pic.twitter.com/dCTaxtUOQ48:35 PM

Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Need to check this season’s numbers, but K.J. Martin is an excellent cutter. Really opens things up for Houston’s second unit, especially when paired with good passing + spacing. – 8:31 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Knicks are playing Sengun quite agressively. They aren’t giving him any space and Robinson blocked his 3 with the shot clock running down – 8:31 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
As you’d expect, Taj Gibson in for Randle. – 8:31 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Good Fournier start. Making shots. Moving well. Running off screens actively. Finding guys on quick passes. – 8:29 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
McBride just had a better defensive possession than Walker, Burks, etc. have had all season. – 8:29 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Miles McBride checks in with 4 minutes left in the first quarter… Deuce is the second guard off the bench tonight – 8:28 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rockets win the first quarter minutes with Theis on the floor. They did not commit a turnover in 8 minutes – 8:24 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Alec Burks went to he locker room and has returned — looks like a sneaker change. – 8:24 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
It would be a shame if this is the last season we’ll get to see this Rockets court/jersey combo, but I suspect it will be. – 8:22 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Jules percolating early.
8 PTS / 3-4 FG pic.twitter.com/iGofYKYGTf8:22 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Hakeem Olajuwon takes his front row seat during the time out. Rudy T spoke about how gratifying it was to speak to Hakeem immediately before Hakeem’s HOF induction given Hakeem’s departure from the Rockets for his final season. I can tell you, it meant the world to Hakeem, too. – 8:20 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Rockets honor Rudy Tomjanovich on Throwback Thursday ift.tt/3q59psg8:18 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Alec Burks to the locker room – 8:18 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Gimme that! 😤
@toyota | #Rockets pic.twitter.com/jiLPTU1HRS8:17 PM

Kelly Iko @KellyIkoNBA
Houston might have some trouble tonight defending this double big lineup of Randle – Noel/Robinson. Going to have to pick up the pace to take advantage of any defensive stops they get. – 8:16 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose squaring off in a battle of the high school class of 2007, possibly the best of all time that also included James Harden – 8:13 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
I have to look it up after this game because it almost seems like Garrison Mathews is better/more confident with contested three-pointers than uncontested ones lol – 8:12 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
#Rockets starting 5 vs the Knicks! pic.twitter.com/zRjuCTY8ru8:08 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
For one of these Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday things, shouldn’t the Rockets bring back Ezra Charles and the Works for The National Anthem? – 8:06 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Coming up on @MSGNetworks 📺 pic.twitter.com/bXaqkjKdNO8:05 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Kemba Walker looks extremely intense during pregame warmups here in Houston. Thibs said before game:”All hands on deck”. I have a feeling……….. – 8:01 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
It’s about that time.
Let’s go Knicks. pic.twitter.com/X1qkWFd1zp7:50 PM

Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Rudy T is in the building! 🚀
Local artist Phillip Pyle has created a limited edition Rudy Tomjanovich poster that will be available for purchase in the Corona Beach House to benefit the Clutch City Foundation and Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. pic.twitter.com/g6kQBGbZmC7:39 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets starters vs Knicks: Brooks, Gordon, Tate, Theis, Mathews – 7:32 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
#Rockets starters
Eric Gordon
Armoni Brooks
Garrison Mathews
Jae’Sean Tate
Daniel Theis
Silas just trollin y’all now – 7:32 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets starters: Tate, Mathews, Theis, Brooks, Gordon.
Knicks: Burks, Randle, Noel, Fournier, Rose. – 7:31 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
#Rockets starters vs. Knicks: Brooks, Gordon, Mathews, Tate and Theis – 7:31 PM
New York Knicks @nyknicks
Same five to start it off in Houston. pic.twitter.com/I0m18LXkaI7:30 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
Ballin like I’m D-Rose 💦 pic.twitter.com/tAa2V5ausZ7:20 PM

Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Rebecca Haarlow, Walt Frazier, Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin, Quentin Grimes. All in Covid-19 protocols after their return from Toronto. – 6:38 PM
Khobi Price @khobi_price
I need some Houston folks to confirm; is Hobby Airport (HOU) > Bush International (IAH) a consensus take? – 6:37 PM
Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
#Rockets HC Silas said his dehydration was a result of him failing to eat properly yesterday before the game. Said he feels fine now. Also confirmed Wood is out, Gordon is in for tonight. – 6:31 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Christian Wood is averaging 16.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 threes and 1.0 block.
The Rockets aren’t actively shopping him, but they are reportedly open to offers.
@NekiasNBA breaks down some possible destinations for the 26-year-old: basketballnews.com/stories/examin…6:29 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Christian Wood is out for the Rockets vs. Knicks. Expected back in Detroit on Saturday. – 6:28 PM
Cayleigh Griffin @cayleighgriffin
Christian Wood is out tonight but Coach Silas expects him to play vs. Detroit. – 6:28 PM
Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Christian Wood is out tonight. Eric Gordon is in. – 6:27 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Stephen Silas says Christian Wood is out tonight, but he should play Saturday in Detroit – 6:27 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
New York state of mind.🗽
👟@Snipes_USA pic.twitter.com/mn53bep4hK6:22 PM

New York Knicks @nyknicks
The games keep coming.
#UltraDrip x #NewYorkForever pic.twitter.com/aoXw4ez33H6:20 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Madison Square Garden announces that, beginning with tonight’s game against the Rangers, children from 5 to 11 will have to be vaccinated to attend games at MSG properties, in accordance with New York City’s vaccine mandate. – 6:15 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
📍Home
@MichelobULTRA | #ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/dhBtHJLRx76:05 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Mitchell Robinson cryptically griping about role again nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…6:04 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Michael Jordan is launching a fan-engagement app called HEIR in 2022. HEIR raised $10 million in seed funding and investors include:
• Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball
• Knicks exec William Wesley (Worldwide Wes)
• Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian basketballnews.com/stories/michae…6:03 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
From yesterday — Knicks trade season primer nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…6:02 PM
Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Rockets honoring Hall of Fame coach and franchise icon Rudy Tomjanovich tonight for his induction to the Hall and as a Throwback Thursday good thing to do. So, as a wise man often said, “Kapaya!” – 5:52 PM
Marc Berman @NYPost_Berman
Audition tonight? #Knicks have some Eric Gordon interest — with a Derrick Rose twist #NBA nypost.com/2021/12/16/kni… via @nypostsportsb – 5:52 PM
Rebecca Haarlow @RebeccaHaarlow
Add me to the list in Health & Safety Protocols. I won’t be on the call for Knicks Rockets in Houston, but want to assure everyone that I’m doing just fine. – 5:46 PM
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Okoro had a big game Wednesday night in the Cavs’ 35-point win over Houston. trib.al/9qZywZQ5:42 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
🧢 Tonight’s @mitchell_ness Item of the Game!
📍 Purchase at the In-Arena #Rockets Team Shop or the Mitchell & Ness Kiosk on the West Concourse. pic.twitter.com/mEpvipHINk5:30 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
For that December 21 #Nets game, the #TNT feed will be blacked out in the New York area, so @YESNetwork has exclusivity in our area. – 4:03 PM
Houston Rockets @HoustonRockets
Back in Houston for Remix night! 🔥
⏰ 7:00 PM Tip-Off
📺 @ATTSportsNetSW
📻 @SportsTalk790 / En Español KLAT 1010AM pic.twitter.com/G9HgC926lv4:00 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Chasson Randle joins New Zealand Breakers sportando.basketball/en/chasson-ran…2:55 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Jericho Sims didn’t travel with the Knicks yesterday. Practiced with Westchester and playing with them in Delaware tonight. – 2:52 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Mitchell Robinson cryptically griping about his role again nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…2:08 PM





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