The New York Knicks gained a bit of momentum on Tuesday evening when they overcame the Los Angeles Lakers 106â€“100. The Knicks lead for the majority of the game, displaying a bit of dominance, stifling off a late comeback attempt by Russell Westbrook and Co.
Finally, the Knicks’ starters stepped up and had adequate performances, as Julius Randle posted 20 points and 16 rebounds. Evan Fournier pieced together a 26 point game, adding four rebounds, shooting 57.1% from the field and 66.7% from three-point range. In two of his last three games, Fournier has hit 50% or more from deep, indicating an upward trajectory with his shooting.
The starters needed time to gel, despite starting off the season strong and showcasing some of their newfound scoring prowess. However, Randle stated after the game that it takes time and poor play never broke their confidence.
“18 games in? This s**t takes time. The thing about us is we’ve stayed encouraged, we stayed positive, we’ve had highs, we’ve had lows but once it starts clicking we’re going to be a really really good team.”
“The ball always finds energy. If we’re doing the right things when we’re pushing the ball and we’re attacking the rim, oftentimes those are the best shots you can get.”