Knicks takeaways from Friday's 117-109 win over Mavericks, including Julius Randle's monster night
- Julius Randle got going right out of the gates for the Knicks, scoring 13 of the Knicks’ first 17 points while making his first five attempts overall, including three three-pointers. The Knicks got off to a hot start as a team, making nine of their first 13 shots, taking a 21-19 lead into the halfway point of the quarter.
The Knicks continued to shoot the ball well throughout the quarter, going 14-of-20 (70 percent) from the floor, and a late Immanuel Quickley three with under five second left gave the Knicks a 34-25 lead heading into the second.
- Former Knick Tim Hardaway Jr. took off in the second quarter, as he scored 11 points in his first nine minutes off the bench to cut the Knicks’ lead to 41-36. Hardaway went on to start 6-for-6 from the field before finally missing his first shot, as the Mavs continued to build momentum. Kristaps Porzingis hit a hook shot in the paint to bring Dallas back within two at 48-46 with under three minutes to go in the half.
The Knicks’ shooting effort cooled off in the quarter, but Randle continued to lead the way late, hitting a pair of clutch shots in the final minutes and finding RJ Barrett for a last-second three just before the buzzer. The Knicks led 56-52 at the break, led by Randle’s 21 points, as he was the only Knick in double-digits in the first half.....
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