By Joel Bartilotta, Rotowire
LAS VEGAS -- The New York Knicks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-83, in Las Vegas Summer League at Thomas and Mack Center on Friday.
Despite the fact that this was a game with nothing on the line, there were a ton of swings. In fact, every individual quarter was decided by nine points or more, as the Knicks took down three of those. They really took control in the second half, outscoring the Pelicans, 62-40. Rebounding was huge for New York, as they won that battle, 38-28. In addition, the Knicks recorded 13 steals and 11 blocks while the Pelicans recorded seven steals and no blocks. New York ended up shooting 50.6 percent from the field while holding New Orleans to 41.8 percent shooting.
The Knicks (2-3) best player came off the bench, as Daniel Ochefu led the team with 22 points and eight rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting. Damyean Dotson finished with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists on 6-of-8 from the field. Tyrius Walker accrued 16 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals. Mitchell Robinson collected 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
The Pelicans (2-3) only starter in double figures was Garlon Green, as he accumulated 23 points and three assists on 8-of-9 shooting. D.J. Hogg led the bench with 16 points but failed to provide much else. Chasson Randle tallied 11 points, three rebounds and two steals. Walter Lemon Jr, generated eight points, two rebounds and seven assists.