Julius Randle was fined $ 15,000 by the NBA and then tried to score 15,000 on the lesser wizards.
Randle cleared any lingering frustrations from referees at the Garden in Washington on Tuesday when he filled in 37 points and scored 7 out of 10 3-pointers when the Knicks blew the Wizards (131-113) out. Randle’s seven 3s were a career high. The all-star forward, punished for his inflammatory remarks about the umpire in the Knicks’ loss to Philly on Sunday, is the main reason the Knicks are 22-22 and already topping last season’s winnings.
Randle, who hasn’t missed a game this season, shot 13 of 24 out of the field when the Knicks won a wire-to-wire blowout.
Am Thursday they face the magicians in the garden again. With another win, the Knicks would have trained Las Vegas, which had an over / under for wins at 22½.
Randle had 35 points in the middle of the third quarter, hitting 3 points on all the youngsters in Washington, including the Israeli Lottery picks Deni Avidja and Rui Hachimuru.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau held Randle on for much of the fourth quarter instead of rolling with rookie Obi Toppin, the Knicks lottery player in crisis. Toppin only played eight minutes and was goalless for the fourth game in a row when Randle offered him some comforting words on the bench late in the competition.
The Knicks built a 69:49 lead at halftime, with Randle 21 points scored, scored 8 of 14 shots and hit 3 of 4 from the 3-point line.
Center Mitchell Robinson scored 16 points with 12 rebounds and three blocks in his second second leg after hand surgery. RJ Barrett scored 21 points and Alec Burk scored 20. Starting point guard Elfrid Payton returned with a thigh strain after an absence of four games. He threw a high pass to Robinson, who jumped onto the garden ceiling for the Monster Slam.
« I just have to get back in shape, like when I play, » he said. « I’ve run a lot. I just have to get back to myself when it comes to playing. But it felt great to be out there with the guys again. »
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