The New York Knicks entered Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans on a roll, having won five straight games. Zion Williamson tried to ruin the party and turned up the heat, scoring 34 points. But Julius Randle countered with 33 points, ten assists, five rebounds, and five steals to help rally his team to a 122-112 victory in overtime.
That game would result in their sixth-straight winning game and push New York (31-27) into the sixth position in the East and within striking distance of the Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.
This recent surge from the Knicks has all come from Julius Randle and his improved play. The seventh-year forward, who earned his first All-Star nod this winter, is hitting career-high averages in points (23.7), rebounds (10.5), and steals (1.0). What’s even more impressive, his assists average of 6.1 is significantly improved from his previous career-best of 3.6 in 2016-17.
Randle’s game is more versatile than ever and continues to improve with each game. But what’s interesting is that he recently stated that he underwent a mental makeover as well.
“It’s not just in the weight room and the court. I’m going to handle that, but my mentality and my mindset was just different. So I changed that aspect as well. And the results are showing.”
Catch you Thursday.