Julius Randle set a new career-high in scoring with 57 points, but the New York Knicks lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a high-scoring game that showcased the depth of talent in the NBA. Randle’s performance solidifies his case for the All-NBA team this season, where he has shown that his 2020-21 Most Improved Player Award and All-NBA Second Team appearance were not flukes. His scoring efficiency has returned, and his play is helping the Knicks win games. He is averaging 25.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, both career-high marks. Furthermore, Randle’s consistency is impressive, as he has played all 73 games this season without taking a break due to load management.
Julius Randle Sets Career High with 57 Points in Knicks’ Loss to Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 140-134 in a thrilling game that showcased the incredible depth of talent in the NBA. Both teams combined for 274 points in regulation and shot a combined 99-of-168 from the field. Julius Randle, the lefty forward for the Knicks, scored 57 points, setting a new career-high in scoring and placing himself in third place for the Knicks’ all-time high scoring performances. Only Carmelo Anthony (62 points) and Bernard King (60 points) have scored more.
Randle’s scoring was impressive as he tied his career-high in 3-pointers by sinking eight of them. He also made several difficult mid-range jumpers and attacked the rim for a few slams. He scored 26 points in the third quarter alone, setting a new franchise record for points in a quarter. Unfortunately, Randle picked up a technical foul in the closing seconds of the game, ending the night in frustration.
Despite the loss, Randle’s performance will further solidify his case for the All-NBA team. This season, he has shown that his 2020-21 Most Improved Player Award and All-NBA Second Team appearance were not flukes. His scoring efficiency has returned, he is turning the ball over less than he has in years, and his play is helping the Knicks win games. Randle is averaging 25.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, both career-high marks, and is adding 4.1 assists per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field.
Randle’s consistency is even more impressive considering that he has played all 73 games this season, without taking a break due to load management. Randle was named an All-Star reserve for the second time in his career in February, and he will be in the running for another All-NBA accolade as the season comes to a close. If he continues to close out the season strong with performances like this, he will undoubtedly be right in the mix.
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