Randle and Brunson Carry Knicks Past Lebron and Lakers
The New York Knicks keep finding ways to win games, and on Monday night they held off LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a 114-109 decision out in LA to wrap up a west coast trip at 2-2.
In a back and forth contest, the Knicks saved their best moments for the late stages of the contest to pull away from L.A. Anthony Davis and James had each connected on a pair of shots to trim the Knicks lead down to 103-99 with 3:38 to go in regulation.
Then Julius Randle checked in for the Knicks with a huge clutch three-pointer on a difficult shot in the far corner to give the Knicks a reprieve, rebuilding the lead to seven, 106-99.
Moments later, Jalen Brunson connected on a huge floater that gave New York a 108-101 lead. The Lakers suddenly went cold offensively as Taurean Prince and LeBron James missed huge three-point attempts from downtown. Randle capped the night off with a slam dunk to give the Knicks a seven-point advantage with 34 seconds to go.
Randle finished the night with a double-double, 27 points, and 14 boards. Brunson finished with a team-high 29 points.
On the flip side, James scored his 109th career triple-double, notching 25 points, 11 boards, and 11 assists on Monday.
The Knicks head home to face the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in Brooklyn. The Nets fell to the Utah Jazz 125-109 on Monday night.