Julius Randle reacts to Knicks dropping a cool 140 on Kings
Julius Randle and the New York Knicks made the rim look like the size of Central Park on Thursday as they put up a season-high 140 points on the board against the Sacramento Kings. The Knick’s 140-121 win marked their latest victory as they continue to cement their postseason spot in the Eastern Conference almost halfway through the season.
Randle, who dropped 21 points and 14 boards, liked what he saw from their young crew. The Knicks shot 58.6% from the field, including 52.8% from deep and 90.5% from the charity stripe (via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic).
Julius Randle on the Knicks dropping 140 points, shooting like they did: "It was good. It was cooking."
— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) February 26, 2021
As Randle put it, the Knicks were definitely cooking at home and the Kings’ defense was the main course, and diners at The Madison Square Garden were more than satisfied.
The Knicks had a great start and mounted an early double-digit lead in the first quarter which they carried on to halftime. Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley erupted for 18 of his team-high 25 points in the opening half and the Knicks basically didn’t stop cooking from there. They were also blessed with a vintage performance from Derrick Rose after the former MVP impressed in his first start for the Knicks since his return with 18 points on a 63.0% shooting clip.
Randle, who’s been named to his first All-Star Game, continues to be the difference-maker for the Knicks this season and he’s been extra vocal with his leadership as well.
Julius Randle and the Knicks have been on a roll as of late, winning five of their last seven contests. They’re now tied with the Toronto Raptors at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.