Everything that could be going right for the New York Knicks right now has been. They came into today’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors, having won eight games in a row. Today, with a 120-103 victory, the Knicks winning streak is now at nine. This whole season has just been incredible to watch for Knicks fans, and they seem to not be slowing down. I will recap my main takeaways from today’s matchup below.
Knicks Julius Randle Continues to Dominate
After a disappointing first season with New York, forward Julius Randle has been nothing short of amazing this year. He is averaging career-highs in nearly every stat and has become much more unselfish. However, recently, he has been possibly the best player in the Eastern Conference. He was rewarded with eastern conference player of the week as well.
From the start of the game today, Randle was hitting his shots. He started out three for three and did not look back. While Toronto was double teaming him at times, he was still able to find a solid shot and knock it down. This is one of many reasons Randle was an All-star this year after many wanted him gone in the offseason due to him forcing shots. Randle ended with 31 points today and was the team’s top scorer.
His final statline:
Knicks Shooting Once Again Is Great
Earlier in the season, the Knicks shooting was a major cause of concern. In a December game vs Toronto, the Knicks shot just 3/36 from three. Recently, however, their shooting has been great. Today was no exception. Overall, New York shot 42/75 (56%) from the field, and 16/31 (51.6%) from three. Meanwhile, the Raptors only shot 36/83 (43.4%) from the field. They did make 17 three pointers.
Individual shooting performances for the Knicks included Derrick Rose’s 19 points on 7/10 overall. Additionally, rising star R.J. Barrett scored 25 points shooting 8/16 overall. Rookie Obi Toppin had 9 points on 3/5 shooting and Reggie Bullock had 16 points, shooting 6/10. The main reason the Knicks won the game was due to great shooting, as it was on point from tip-off to the end of the game.
After this game, the Knicks improve to 34-27, while the Raptors fall to 25-35, as their four game winning streak comes to a halt. On Monday night, Toronto heads back to their home for the season in Tampa as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, the Knicks stay home and look to continue their win streak, as they host the Phoenix Suns.