The Knicks took back a small portion of the old Julius Randle and many new and improved RJ Barretts one afternoon.
Bad Randle set the tone with a strong first quarter and RJ Barrett led the rest of the Nicks in a 110-102 Sunday matine victory over the Clippers in the Garden to break three games into a three-game losing streak. .
Barrett finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, while Randle added 24 points and five assists and made no criticism.
The Knicks (23-24) finished the game 8/10 at home, 6-4. Now they embark on a rough three-game journey that begins Monday in Cleveland and ends in Miami and Milwaukee.
So they needed that after the game against the Pelicans on Thursday. Throughout this series of scenarios, the Nicks rested guard Kemba Walker and started Alec Burks as a guard – and the lineup flourished.
Newcomer Kem Reddish made his debut for the Knicks, but played just 5:23, scored two points with two rebounds and went 1-2 off the field.
The only defeat of the day was a strong center-back Mitchell Robinson, just as backup Nerlens Noel was back.
At the start of the third quarter, Robinson stepped on Luke Kennard’s foot to return the ball and jumped around the court. The Nix stopped the clock and Robinson limped off to the locker room. The Nicks announced that his left ankle was covered and he would not be on the field.
The Nicks jumped to the Clippers from the start, with Randl, Evan Furnier and Barrett hitting three points in a row. Randle then fired a shot from the penalty spot and the Nicks took the lead 11-2.
The Clippers (23-25) not only missed Kawhi Leonard this season, but also Paul George with a thumb injury.
Red Barrett was terrible again inside and out, scoring 3 of 5 points and seven free throws. He ended his day with a roaring for a left-handed dank flying high, receiving Immanuel Quickley’s jump pass.
With the Nicks leading 39-31, Randle ended a strong period with a collection, a distribution and a good shot.
Randle scored 10 points for the first quarter (4 out of 7 points in total, 2 out of 3 points). He also made three assists. A remarkable sequence occurred when he whipped the perfect food for Robinson from under him. Robinson missed an easy dunk and Randle took the attacking ball and made a 3-step shot.
Reddish came on for Barrett six seconds before the end of the first quarter and heard a huge roar from the fans.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Reddish, taken 10 days ago, let him know his presence, grabbed the rebound, went from shore to shore, and ended up with a reverse layout.
That was the only point he scored in 5 minutes as he missed a 3-point attempt and didn’t play in the second half.