Knicks News: Julius Randle picks up sixth triple double in 118-109 overtime win

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Knicks Julius Randle passes in traffic
Knicks Julius Randle passes in traffic

Julius Randle picked up his sixth triple-double of the season as the Knicks knocked off the Hornets in overtime on Saturday, 118-109.

Six things to know about Saturday’s game

1. Reggie Bullock opened the first quarter 4-for-4 from three-point range as the Knicks jumped out to a 36-27 lead after the first quarter. New York remained hot from distance in the second quarter and finished the half shooting 12-for-19 from beyond the arc. A Randle three with 1.9 seconds left gave the Knicks a 63-54 lead at halftime, though they led by as many as 18 midway through the second quarter.

2. Though the Knicks extended their lead to as much as 17 in the third, Charlotte made 10 of its last 11 shots of the third quarter and cut the lead to just three to start the fourth. The Hornets scored seven straight points to take a four-point lead of their own. The Knicks climbed back and the teams traded buckets late, with the Hornets in possession with the game tied and 10 seconds remaining. Devonte Graham’s three-pointer went begging, and the teams went overtime with the game tied at 104.

3. The Knicks opened overtime on a 14-2 run as they tightened up defensively and managed to coast to victory in the extra period.

4. Randle was productive across the board as usual, collecting 33 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 12 assists. He scored from inside and out, shooting 4-for-10 from long distance.

5. Nerlens Noel was a force on the defensive end, blocking five shots and picking up 11 rebounds. Noel blocked three shots early in the third quarter, and had a fourth erased by a borderline goaltending call. Derrick Rose, Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley combined for 43 points off the bench.

6. The Knicks had no answer for Miles Bridges – who scored 30 – while Graham added 25 off the bench, but LaMelo Ball appeared to suffer an injury in the first half and played just 21 minutes.

What’s next

The Knicks finish up the regular season on Sunday with a 1 p.m. tipoff against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden.