Knicks destroy Raptors 126-100 after dominant second half as Randle logs a triple-double

In a highly anticipated matchup, the Knicks overcame the Toronto Raptors defeating them 126-100 at the Garden.

Julius Randle orchestrated a masterclass performance, earning his 18th career triple-double. With 18 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists, Randle displayed his all-around prowess, dictating the tempo and leaving a significant impact on the game.

RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley received a warm welcome from the Garden faithful, celebrated during their introduction and during a tribute video the Knicks played in the first quarter. However, as the game unfolded, the cheers resonated more for the collective success of the Knicks.

Jalen Brunson‘s scoring outburst, especially in the second half, proved crucial for the Knicks. His 38 points, coupled with 8 rebounds, demonstrated his ability to step up when needed, contributing 23 points during the latter part of the game.

Precious Achiuwa, facing his former team, had a stellar outing with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of play. With Isaiah Hartenstein getting injured on his ankle in the third quarter and not returning, Achiuwa played the entire the fourth quarter, where he scored 14 points. His shooting was outstanding, going 9-10 from the field.

“I approach the game the same way every day, play the same way. The same intensity. Today just happened to be a day where things went my way.”

Precious Achiuwa

The Knicks asserted their dominance on the boards, out-rebounding the Raptors 61-31. This remarkable feat, coupled with Achiuwa’s impactful presence, highlighted the team’s commitment to controlling the paint.

OG Anunoby contributed 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks, displaying defensive prowess with a highlight block against Barrett’s corner three attempt. Donte DiVincenzo contributed 17 points, while Josh Hart added 10 points and 9 rebounds. The balanced scoring from multiple players exemplified the team’s depth.

Despite the loss, Barrett led the Raptors with 20 points, and Quickley secured a double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points, and Grady Dick finished with 11, while the rest of the Raptors struggled to break into double digits.

The Knicks continued their remarkable record against teams with losing records, now standing at 18-2. They lost early in the season to the 2-3 Cavs, then on December 13th to the 8-16 Jazz. Notably, the team has been on a 9-2 streak since the acquisition of OG Anunoby, solidifying their 5th place in the Eastern Conference, just 0.5 games behind Cleveland.

Up-next: The Knicks (26-17) will play their hometown rivals in Brooklyn (17-24) on Tuesday, looking to check another W.

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