This article was last updated on March 13, 2023
The Knicks hold off Lakers as Julius Randle bounces back to end their losing streak.
Randle bounced back from his poor performance in the second half of Saturday’s game against the Clippers by scoring 25 of his 33 points in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Lakers. He wanted to be more aggressive after his shooting struggles in the previous game, but he didn’t second-guess himself and came back to play better. Barrett also contributed 30 points, and Quickley had 15 in the Knicks’ victory over the Lakers.
Brunson, the Knicks’ starting point guard, missed his fourth game in five due to a bruised left foot, and his availability for Tuesday’s game against the Trail Blazers is uncertain. The Lakers were still without LeBron James, who missed his seventh straight game with a right foot injury.
In the previous game against the Clippers, Randle had earned a game-turning technical foul and had to be restrained by coach Tom Thibodeau. He had also gotten into shouting matches with his teammates and team security near the Knicks’ bench. However, Thibodeau said that missing shots is part of the game, and he was pleased that Randle bounced back in the following game against the Lakers.
Randle had 18 points in the first quarter, and his total of 644 first-quarter points this season is a franchise record since 1997-98, surpassing Carmelo Anthony’s 628 in 2013-14. McBride’s breakaway dunk helped the Knicks extend their lead, but the Lakers made a comeback in the third quarter. Quickley and Randle helped the Knicks maintain their lead, and Barrett’s driving buckets gave them a 99-94 advantage in the fourth quarter. Hart made crucial plays in the final quarter, and the Knicks won 112-108. Thibodeau praised the bench players for their contributions to the victory.