LAS VEGAS — Quentin Grimes’ goal was to “dominate” summer league play.
It took him a while on Friday night, but the Knicks’ young guard followed his team’s opener.
After missing eight straight shots, Grimes took off in the second half, leading the Knicks to a 101-88 win over the defending Las Vegas Summer League champion Warriors at the Thomas and Mack Center.
With team president Leon Rose, owner coach James Dolan Tom Thibodeau and teammates Julius Randle, Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish and Obi Toppin in attendance, Grimes finished with 24 points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals. and a single turnover in 32 quality minutes. .
“I feel like I dominated or almost got closer in the second half,” Grimes said. “Just try to dominate offensively, defensively by being in the right positions. It’s not always about shooting.
With his perimeter jumper off for most of the night — Houston’s former first-round pick went 4 for 14 from 3-point range — the 6-foot-4 Grimes kept shooting.
Even after striking twice in a row early in the third quarter to start, Grimes was not content with long jumpers. He attacked the basket and finished under contract, something he worked on this offseason to complete his 3-point shot. He hit seven of his last 12 shots and was a good distributor that night as well.
“I hope I will have a bigger role as a playmaker [this year] and also staying true to my roots as a defensive player and shooter,” he said.
It’s a crucial offseason for Grimes, the Knicks’ top rookie last year, whose progress was slowed by a knee injury late in the year. Thibodeau praised his defense, which could give Grimes a chance to play a starting role in the backcourt next year alongside newcomer Jalen Brunson.
He hopes to make a statement over the next 10 days in Las Vegas. With that in mind, Friday night was a great start for him.
Feron Hunt added 17 points, Jericho Sims had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, and Miles McBride had 14 points and seven assists in the victory.
Moses Moody, a lottery pick a year ago, led all scorers with 34 points for the Warriors.