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Julius Randle answers special challenge as Knicks beat 76 players

Julius Randle answers special challenge as Knicks beat 76 players

Julius Randle He said he needed to be better The Knicks to win after Sunday’s disaster against Cleveland.

On a Monday night in Philadelphia, Randle was.

Randle scored 10 of his 31 points in the final 4:46 as the Knicks fended off a fiery charge from the depleted Sixers to score a 103-96 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

“I took what the game gave me,” Randall said. “We took a step forward today – all of us.”

With the Sixers closing in within a single point, Randle went to work, starting from the hard drive to the basket for the left layup.

Then Randall hit 30 in a row. His stumble with 1:20 left took the win as he flexed his muscles and celebrated with RJ Barrett and then slid onto the court.

Randall could laugh then one night as he got 12 rebounds and heard a group of New York fans chanting “Let’s Go Knicks” in the final seconds.

“It was crazy, brother,” Randall said. “It hurts. I was partying and then I slipped and RJ went to bump into his chest and take out my leg.”

Julius Randle scored 31 points and added 12 rebounds in the Knicks’ 103-96 win over the 76ers on Monday.
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Randle said he needs to be a more outspoken leader and bring more energy to the game after the Knicks were embarrassed at home on Sunday.

“It was a monster all around,” said coach Tom Tibodo. “The way he started the game, the energy he gave. The way Julius finished the match was one big shot after another. He did it in so many ways. When he plays like this it makes us a different team.”

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Randle said he had a long talk with Derek Rose after the match about driving.

He’s also someone who leads by example,” Randall said. “He said it took him a long time to figure out how to get out of your comfort zone to be a leader.”

Meanwhile, Kemba Walker, who returned to the squad after his day off on Sunday, was calm until the end when he scored in a traditional three-point game by driving to the basket and being fouled with 2:19 left.

Then Walker stole the ball in the backcourt as the Knicks moved to 7-4 with a better defensive effort. Walker finished off eight points and five assists with Thibodeau with the confidence of the Bronx native to finish the game over Rose.

“Huge, huge,” Tibodo said. “The beast plays with the game on the line. That’s who he is. No moment is too big for him. Below the stretch, he and Julius had great chemistry.”

In the play, Walker said before, that his choice with Randle resulted in Randle’s 3-point basket. When they ran the play again, the Sixers went toward Randle.

“I had an open lane and I just happened to be fouled,” Walker said. “When it’s time to win, you have to go out and win whenever you can.”

The Sixers (8-3), who have won six times in a row, were without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thieball, all because of COVID-19.

After trailing by 19, the Sixers were 70-69 after three quarters. Booked with only 14 points in the third inning, the Knicks shot 5 of 19 before they corrected the ship and Randall Walker made sure to finish it off.

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The Knicks celebrated during their win over the 76ers on Monday.
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“We came out much, much stronger,” Tibodo said. “Our guys were flying around and defying the shots.”

In fact, Knicks came alive in the fourth through tumultuous plays. Alec Burks maintained possession of the ball by turning the offensive rebound into Emmanuel Quikley to 3. Rose intercepted a pass and that resulted in a 3 move for Barrett and an 89-82 lead.

The Sixers led Furkan Korkmaz who fired him from the 3-point bar (5 of 12) for 19, and kept Philly in it after the Knicks led 58-44 into the break. Midfielder Andre Drummond, who resolved for Embiid, scored 14 points and 25 rebounds.

Knicks midfielder Nerlence Noel, who missed the first seven games and all pre-season, injured his knee in the second quarter and did not play in the second half.

Sixers’ Danny Green hit Noel’s knee and hit veteran Nick in a pile. Noel had knee and hamstring issues that cost him those first seven games and was only playing his third game. Noel started Monday with Mitchell Robinson’s groin injury.

Taj Gibson started the second half from center then the Knicks used Obi Tobin in the small ball lineup with Barrett (15 points, despite shooting 6 of 20) in power forward.

Thibodeau had no update on the severity of Noel’s knee or Hip Robinson – the two losers who fell in the night.