The Knicks had an offensive outburst on Tuesday, taking down the Washington Wizards 131-113.
Here are the takeaways from Tuesday’s game:
1. The Wizards allow the most points per game in the NBA, so the Knicks took advantage. Their 131 points was their second-highest of the year. As a team, they dropped 51.1 percent of their field goals, and were 53.3 percent from three (16-for-30). Six Knicks were in double-digits, and five had at least 14 points.
2. Julius Randle was red-hot from just about everywhere, but especially three-point land, knocking seven of his first eight from downtown, including four in the third, his most in any quarter in his career. As the Garden went wild with MVP chants, he hoisted a prayer and air-balled, but nonetheless, it was a career-night from Randle from behind the arc. He finished with 37 points on 13-for-24 shooting, and 7-of-10 from three. His seven three-pointers tied a career-high.
3. Mitchell Robinson, in just his second game back from a fractured hand, had 10 points, five assists, and four rebounds in the first half. He finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks in 30 minutes on the floor.
4. Alec Burks had himself a night, too. He dropped 20 on 6-for-12 shooting. It was his third-straight game with at least 20 points.
5. RJ Barrett knocked eight of his 18 shots, racking up 21 points in the win. He’s averaging 21.1 points in his last 11 games.
6. Burks was subbed into the game early, as Elfrid Payton may have been a bit too excited to play in his first game since March 11, He had two fouls within the first four minutes of the game, and was subbed out for Burks. But Payton settled down, and finished with seven points, five rebounds, and four assists.
7. The Knicks held Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook to a combined 36 points on 9-for-29 shooting – another great defensive effort by one of the league’s top defenses, shutting down two offensive superstars.
8. With the win, the Knicks surpassed last year’s win total in just 44 games.