New York 88, Team China 65

LAS VEGAS, July 10 -- The New York Knicks got away with an easy 88-65 win over Team China in the nightcap of games Tuesday night in the NBA Summer League. Sixth overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, Yi Jianlian struggled once again in the defeat.

Yi came into the contest shooting just 20 percent (5-25 FG) in the last two summer league games and his troubles continued. Yi did not hit a field goal the entire game, missing all six of his shots in 24 minutes of action. Yi finished with three points, all from the free throw line, while committing nine fouls in limited time.

Demetris Nichols led the Knicks with 14 points (4-7 FG) in just 16 minutes of action, while guard Nate Robinson hit for 11 points (3-9 FG, 4-5 FT) and dished out four assists in 15 minutes of play.

“I just want to get better,” Robinson said on why he wanted to play in the league. “It is better than sitting at home on the couch and working out by myself.”

Team China held a 21-20 lead after the first quarter, but went on a 12-0 run to open the second quarter and they never looked back. The Knicks led by as many as 25 points late in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks were able to dominate inside, outscoring Team China 38-10 in the paint and having a 33-23 rebound advantage.

NOTES: Knicks’ players Malik Rose and Quentin Richardson were in the stands. After a made three-pointer by Wang Zhizhi in the first quarter, he gave two pounds to his head with both fists in the direction of former teammate Richardson. It was much to the delight of Richardson, who was laughing hysterically afterwards.