Randle & Knicks Shake Off Pistons in 3rd Pre-Season Game; NY 108 Detroit 100

Julius Randle took over late in the 3rd quarter and throughout the 4th quarter, teaming with sidekick RJ Barrett to pull NY out of a 6-point deficit and shake off Detroit, 108-100 on a Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

NY is now 3-0 in the 4-game pre-season.

1. Randle & Barrett Show at End of 3rd

The Knicks were down 75-69 in the 3rd quarter and playing lackluster ball. To that point RJ Barrett was having an off game with 5 points on 1-7 shooting and we commented on Twitter that he needed to drive to the basket to get in gear.

And then:

  • Randle hit a 3 with 3 minutes to pull NY within 3 at 75-72, and
  • Randle hit another 3 to make it 77-75.

  • Then RJ Barrett took it to the basket off a Randle assist to tie it 77-77 and get fouled for an ‘and 1″ and a NY 78-77 lead.

  • Barrett scored on another drive to make it 80-77, and
  • Randle finished the quarter with a drive to make it 82-77 NY after 3.

2. Randle & Taj Steps Up to Stop Pistons in 4th

The Knicks nursed the 5-point lead throughout the 4th but when Detroit pulled to within 92-90 after a Luka Garza layup with 6 minutes left,

  • Taj Gibson answered with a bucket and
  • there was Randle again with a 3 to put NY up 97-90.
  • Gibson hit another jumper to put NY up 99-90 off great NY ball movement and
  • Randle hit another jumper to make it 101-90.

NY built the lead to 108-92 with under a minute left. Detroit scored the last 8 points of the game to make the score look close at 108-100.


  • Julius Randle finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and a +19
  • RJ Barrett finished with 12 points on 3-11 shooting, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and a +12.
  • Taj Gibson finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Derrick Rose had 14 points.

The Boxscore


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