The Knicks entered Detroit’s three-game losing streak on Saturday night, and they have been struggling to get the lead.
However, this time, they were able to quickly establish an insurmountable lead, so much so that coach Tom Thibodeau even let Julius Randle rest throughout the fourth quarter.
Randle performed well and performed well in the first quarter, allowing the Knicks to beat the Pistons 125-81 at the Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Randle, who was struggling with the Mavericks’ home defeat last Friday, scored 29 points and Reggie Bullock added 22 points. The two made a total of 28 three-pointers, 17 and 19, most of which led the Knicks by 30 points in the first half. RJ Barrett, who was on vacation Friday night, scored 1
The Knicks (25-25) shot 53.8% from the field (47.4% from the inside), won by three consecutive defeats and returned to .500. After the holiday on Sunday, they will play against the Nets, waiting for Monday.
Rand struggled against the Knicks in the first half of the back-to-back scene. On Friday’s unparalleled night in the audience, Lane scored only 14 points on 5 of 20 shots (including 1 of 7 free throws). -star. He is not alone, because the Knicks’ shooting percentage against the Mavericks is only 36%, which is their third-worst performance this season, and they have a double-digit lead in the second consecutive game.
But Randle immediately ensured that Saturday’s ending would be very different.
On the Knicks’ first two possessions, Randall exhausted a three-pointer and then drilled a three-pointer from another corner. In two rounds, his three-pointer percentage exceeded that of the entire Friday night. And he has just started.
Early on, it was Randle and Bullock’s performances. The two combined scored 28 of the Knicks’ first 30 points, including a pair of Trey who ran 14-0 in the opening 3 1/2 minutes. Starting Friday night, Randle only needs 6:53 to exceed his total score. He ended the game with 20 points in the first quarter, and Brock finished first with 14 points. The two made 8 of 12 shots from beyond the three-point line in the opening 12 minutes.
Result: The Knicks scored a season-high 41 points in the first quarter, leading 41-15 in the second quarter.
The lead rose to 30 points in the first half, when Derrick Rose jumper led the Knicks 51-21 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Pistons finally started fighting back from there, reducing the Knicks’ lead to 60-41 at halftime with a score of 13-3.
Perhaps most importantly, the Knicks appeared in the third quarter and showed no signs of letting up. Leading by nine points against the Heat on Monday, 18 points against the Timberwolves on Wednesday, and 13 points ahead against the Mavericks on Friday, the Knicks continued to step on the gas in the second half. The Pistons scored 17 points in the third quarter, and the Knicks pushed their lead 88-61 back to 27th, ranking fourth.
Before the game, Thibodulao pointed out that lack of ball games would hurt the Knicks, just as key players did not perform well in the 99-86 loss to the Mavericks on Friday. On Saturday, they both got it.
“The most important thing is that when our key members don’t sleep well at night, we still have to do everything else to improve each other-from screening, moving the ball to finishing our pitch and so on,” Thibodeau said. “But this is what we are capable of, and we understand this. It requires energy and energy. This is a long season and you have to get through it.”