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The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

Power forward Julius Randle had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks in a 90-109 away win over the Detroit Pistons.

With their victory, the Knicks moved above 50 percent for the first time so far this season and also since they finished 54-28 in 2012-2013.

The Knicks (18-17) have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last games.

Forward R.J. Barret had 21 points and reserve guard Alec Burks had 16 points for the New York team.

The Knicks never had a problem against the Pistons after reaching the break with an 11-point lead and extended it to 24 points in the second half.

The Pistons (9-25), worst in the Eastern Conference and second in the league, had power forward Jerami Grant as their leader after contributing 21 points and eight rebounds.

Reserve guard Wayne Ellington added 15 points and forward Josh Jackson, who also came off the bench, scored another 12 points, which were not a winning factor either.

The Detroit team has lost six of the last seven games and their coach Dwane Casey is beginning to be on the line.


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Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: “Thought that was my hall”

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: "Thought that was my hall"

Patrick Ewing is undoubtedly one of the most famous alumni of the New York Knicks, but on his return to the venerable Madison Square Garden, the former star of the NBA team had to identify himself.

“I thought that was my hall,” said the 58-year-old: “It’s terrible that I’m stopped, spoken to and asked for ID.”

Patrick Ewing was the coach of Georgetown Hoyas in New York, his college team beat the Villanova Wildcats 72:71. But after the game Ewing was occupied with something completely different. “Everyone in this arena has to fucking know who I am. But I’m being stopped, I can’t move freely. I just thought, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this really Madison Square Garden?'” Ewing said.

The former center played for the Knicks for 15 years and was elected all-star eleven times. He was twice in the finals with the franchise (1994, 1999), his jersey number 33 has not been awarded since 2003. So he wanted to get in touch with James Dolan, Knicks owner and manager of Madison Square Garden. “I guess I’ll have to call Mr. Dolan and ask, ‘Jesus, is my number under the roof or what?'”


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Knicks abuse the worst defense in the NBA

Knicks abuse the worst defense in the NBA

Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half and became the figure of the attack for the New York Knicks who beat the Sacramento Kings 140-121, leaving behind the loss they had suffered in the previous game against the Golden State Warriors.

Power forward Julius Randle also maintained his status as the undisputed leader of the Knicks by posting a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds that left him as the best in New York’s inside game that set his mark at 16-17.

Quickley and Randle were two of six Knicks players who finished the game with double-digit numbers.

While the reserve guard, veteran Alec Burks also stood out by contributing another 24 points, after scoring five 3-pointers of eight attempts.

Point guard Derrick Rose finished with 18 points and six assists, while forward RJ Barrett reached 12 and guard Reggie Bullock contributed 10 points in what was the Knicks’ best touchdown so far this season.

As the Knicks posted their fifth win in their last seven games, Sacramento’s free fall continued.

The Kings (12-20) lost their ninth consecutive game, a stretch in which they have allowed 126.3 points per game and coach Luke Walton is increasingly on the line.

The point guard De’Aaron Fox finished with a double-double of 29 points, 11 assists and four rebounds that left him leading the Kings and forward Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points, which also could not avoid defeat.

Power forward Marvin Bagley III added 19 points with five rebounds and rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton was once again the only positive note for the Kings with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four recoveries as reserve.

Barring both teams making unexpected runs to the NBA Finals, the Kings and Knicks entered the second and presumably final meeting of the season on significantly different trajectories.

Sacramento appears to be a team that is trying to learn about itself, while the Knicks have clearly defined expectations for how they play and are looking to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

New York led 77-62 at the end of the first half, due to a team approach in which all but one scored in the first 24 minutes.

The Knicks shot 66% on field goals (29 of 44), 53% from 3s (9 of 17) and made all 10 free throws they attempted. Of New York’s 29 baskets in the first half, 15 were assists.

Fans at Madison Square Garden enjoyed what they saw the team do and cheered on, while Randle and Quickley were greeted with chants of “MVP”.

New York opened the fourth quarter on a 20-7 streak to extend its lead from 101-94 to 121-101. Burks capped the home stretch with long 3s on back-to-back possessions and secured the Knicks victory.


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Long-suffering Knicks fans rub their eyes with their team- KNICKS 123-112 HAWKS

Long-suffering Knicks fans rub their eyes with their team- KNICKS 123-112 HAWKS

Power forward Julius Randle confirmed his great moment of form by scoring 44 points that helped the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-112 and achieve the third consecutive victory in the best streak currently in the NBA.

Randle set a new individual record by scoring seven 3-pointers, of the team’s best 17 of the season.

Along with Randle, who also had nine rebounds and five assists, forward RJ Barrett scored 21 points as the second leading scorer.

Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley had 16 points, five assists and two rebounds to make him the sixth player for the Knicks (14-15), who are ranked sixth in the Eastern Conference.

The Hawks entered Monday night’s game against the Knicks in hopes of clinching victory and breaking their losing streak, but even though they struggled and competed in the end, they weren’t good enough and lost the fourth straight game.

Although they had six players with double-digit numbers at the end they could not avoid defeat, which leaves them with the worst losing streak.

Point guard Trae Young finished in the lead with 23 points and eight assists, while power forward John Collins had 19 points.

Swiss center Clint Capela achieved a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds, which did not prevent the defeat of the Atlanta team (11-16).

As a team, the Hawks scored nearly 1.2 points per possession, which should be enough to win, but the Knicks’ shooting range was too good to beat.


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