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Randle posts a career best at 46, Knicks sweeps past Kings 131-115

Julius Randle hit eight 3-pointers and scored 17 of his career-best 46 points in the third quarter as the New Yorker... (Author: Gardener)

46(AP) -- Julius Randle hit eight 3-pointers and scored 17 of his career-high 46 points in the third quarter as the New York Knicks recovered from a 20-point deficit and defeated the Sacramento Kings 131-115 Monday night . One night after beating the Los Angeles Clippers in a win largely driven by New York's younger players, Randle rallied the Knicks with a phenomenal second-half shooting performance. "Julius got going and it was pretty awesome what he did," said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. He attacked the basket, he shot the 3, he made frantic plays. It was a great all-around game from him in so many ways.” RJ Barrett had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Knicks to their second straight win after seven straight losses. Domantas Sabonis had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Kings before being knocked out on double technicals in the fourth quarter. "It was just a frustrating game," said Sabonis. "We keep getting those leads to play right and we just can't come out and keep it going in the second half." The Knicks, held at 48 points in the first half, almost doubled their performance in the third quarter as they outscored the Kings 44-24. Randle opened the period with a 3-pointer and then made two more to give New York its first lead. Quickley scored four straight points, Fournier added two free throws, and Randle had two free throws and a layup to give New York a 92-87 lead. The Kings went 96-94 early in the fourth before Quickley made a 3-pointer and hit Barrett with a layup. "No doubts," Randle said. Sacramento plays a really high tempo and we had to fix our transition, get stops and get our rhythm. The Knicks had lost 11 of 13. "You're 17, 18 points up, you can't have a couple of possessions that are bad possessions," Kings caretaker coach Alvin Gentry said. “There are a lot of teams that have lost 20 points in the last few days. New York lost four games when they were 20. The way everything is played, 20 just isn't that much." The game was halted in the third quarter when Cam Reddish crashed down hard on the court with his right shoulder and was taken to the dressing room, further exhausting an already shortened Knicks roster . Thibodeau said Reddish will be evaluated after the game. The Kings became the fourth team in the last 25 seasons to lose a game by 16 or more points after leading by 16 or more after the first quarter, joining the Bulls (2019), Timberwolves (2003) and Clippers (2000) Knicks: Evan Fournier had 15 points and made three 3-pointers to give him 187 this season, the third-most in franchise history. ... Taj Gibson had five points and eight rebounds after being sidelined Sunday. ... Obi Toppin (torn left hamstring) played a third game in a row. Kings: Alvin Gentry was booed in the second quarter for his first technical foul of the season. Knicks: Continue their seven-game journey against the Mavericks on Wednesday. New York has won four times in a row in Dallas. Denver is 3-0 against Sacramento this season.


Knicks don't consider it playing the string

Tom Thibodeau's approach is to ignore the championship lead and play to win. (Author: Gardener)

Tom Thibodeau'sMIAMI — Last season, the Knicks appreciated the opportunity — even if it only lasted five games — for the young players on their roster to get the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a post-season run, the heightened intensity and the work too understand what it takes to get through it. This season, this lesson will not be available to them; They wrap up a disappointing season in which they are for the lottery and still looking for a star. So it's not surprising that the off-season has already been eyed - with speculation surrounding the status of manager Tom Thibodeau, the front office and just about every part of the squad. Some, like Friday night's surprise comeback win over Miami, gave the team's rookie trio and sophomore keeper Immanuel Quickley a chance to square off against a rival team, and for one night they responded. The Knicks put together a 30-5 run to close a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and Quickley scored 20 points in that quarter. Thibodeau has insisted the approach is to ignore the rankings and the long-term picture and focus on each game and play to win. The team responded with a 7-4 win, taking their record to 32-42. "Honestly, really since the All-Star break, we've felt really good in every game," RJ Barrett said. "We played great basketball. Even with some of those losses, we've played great basketball since the All-Star break. You see it more and more often and you just try to get better every day.” Since the Knicks fell from fourth place last season into this season's problems — five games behind Atlanta for last play-in berth with eight games remaining – there was a constant stream of criticism and questions. After Friday's win, Thibodeau steered the conversation away from the performance on the bench to emphasize the need for the often-criticized starters. "You guys are trying to ping this and that," he said. “You need everyone over the course of a season. We love our young people. They bring it every day. You need Julius [Randle]. You need Mitch [Robinson]. You need Evan [Fournier]. You need Alec [Burks] . you need all you need all It's a team, not an individual thing." The Knicks haven't given in to any on-court arguments like they did in Miami last week, but they certainly haven't had a smooth ride this season. There have been front-office bickering against Thibodeau. So it's a wide audience that Thibodeau may have been speaking to as he defended every part of the dressing room with his comments and perhaps himself too. Taj Gibson, the squad's senior statesman, is as confused as anyone, eh the Knicks came here. "I think about it all the time," he said. But you have to look ahead. You have to look at what's in front of you. Last year you had a very different squad. We just have to keep going, trying , trying to find a rhythm, trying to get this thing right." He afforded a lot more playing time without Randle, averaging 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his last three games. "In the G just playing rounds with the guys, knowing that we'll come back next year and we'll still be with those guys," he said hopefully. "And finding a rhythm, how to win basketball, do the right things, rebound, play a good defense, pass the ball. Doing the little things that help a team win. So we're just going to practice that every day and get better.” Gibson is closer to job coaching than the peak of his playing career as he turns 37 shortly after the end of this season. But late in his career he discovered an unexpected skill that could prolong his playing days - three-point shooting. In the first eight seasons of his career, while playing for Chicago and Oklahoma City, he shot 4-for-35 from beyond the arc. But this season, the 6-9 has connected Gibson on 13 of 29 attempts. He is 9-for-14 in his last 13 games and has had his last seven tries from the right corner. "Sometimes when you're a pro on a team, sometimes you have to sacrifice your own good for the greater good of the team," he said. Because you might have to roll the dice to suck in the defence, different things like that. You always have to make sacrifices for the good of the team." He paused for a moment and then added with a laugh, referring to Thibodeau: "Besides, he has not let me shoot as much as I wanted. Gibson has a team option on his $5.2 million contract for next season. But his value to Thibodeau and the Knicks is worth something and he wants to keep playing for as long as possible. However, once his active career is over, he is eager to take the next step – coaching. "Of course, because I love being at the game," he said. First of all I love it. You have to love watching movies. I just love being with the boys. And even when working out, I love being in the gym on days off with young people and doing my business. "I think he would be great," said Thibodeau, "he wants to play as long as he can and I think he would be great.



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