Burks Heroic Again! Randle Flips Out. Knicks Win 4th Straight! NY 109 Chicago 104

Alec Burks hit a Huge 3 in the closing minute for the 2nd straight game to give the Knicks the cushion they needed for a 4th straight win. This time he hit a 3 from the corner with 23 seconds left to turn a 104-103 NY lead into a 107-103 lead.

Julius Randle then hit 2 big free throws to make it 109-103.

But Randle then Missed 2 free throws with 11 seconds left with the score 109-104. NY still had the game at hand when Zach LaVine missed a 3 with 6 seconds left — Randle rebounded and as the clock ran out, he flipped the ball behind him in disgust at himself for the missed free throws and overall terrible shooting game (5 pts on 1-9 shooting) — walking off to the locker room as his teammates celebrated the victory on the floor.

1. Randle Demands Trade?

After the game Knicks twitter rained on Julius for his act of frustration, and not celebrating with the team. Later, it was reported that Randle asked Knick management via his agent for a trade this winter away from the team.

Randle finished with a +7 despite another horrible shooting night. He had 13 rebounds and 4 assists so played hard otherwise despite the poor shooting.

2. Toppin Terrific

Meanwhile Obi Toppin was terrific again — especially in the 4th quarter — hitting big 3’s and slams and playing with efficient energy. Toppin had 17 points on 6-11 shooting (3-6 from 3) in 20 minutes off the bench.

3. Knicks Survived DeRozan Charge

It was a close game throughout but the Knicks pulled out to a 10-point lead late in the 3rd and early in the 4th quarter — due mainly to the heroics of Toppin, RJ Barrett, and Alec Burks. But then Demar DeRozan got cooking in the 4th, bringing the Bulls back to narrow it to a 1-point Knick lead late — before Burks hit the big 3.

DeRozan finished with 37 points on 12-26 shooting and 12-12 from the free throw line.

4. Barrett Dominated; LaVine Starred Too

RJ Barrett dominated all night — scoring at will against his rival, Zach LaVine.

Barrett finished with 28 points on 10-24 shooting (2-3 from 3; 6-7 in free throws), 6 rebounds, and 3 assists, for a +4.

LaVine did his thing too — scoring 27 points on sharpshooter jumpers and drives. He was 8-17 from the floor, 2-7 from 3, and 9-10 in free throws, with 4 rebounds and 3 assists for a -2.

5. Robinson Dominated Inside

Mitchell Robinson had a strong game inside — 16 points on 8-9 shooting, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago.

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