Key takeaways from the Knicks in Wednesday’s 108-100 preseason win over the Pistons, including Julius Randle’s big third quarter


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The Knicks had a slow first half to come back and beat the Detroit Pistons 108-100 Wednesday night at the Garden.

Here are some key points to remember …

– With Kemba walker (rest), Nerlens Christmas and Mitchell robinson all seated, the Knicks started Derrick Rose, Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Taj Gibson.

– It was an early balanced attack for the Knicks, with four of five starters scoring in the first five and a half minutes, led by Gibson’s six points, as New York took a 14-12 lead. The Knicks’ offense cooled off, however, registering a three-minute drought before Alec burks knocked down a three. Detroit had a 26-20 lead in the second.

– The second unit of the Knicks started to pick up more pace in the second. After Kevin knox drilled a three-point, he also started a quick break with a quick out pass to Burks who threw an alley-oop to Obi toppin. Knox also hit three more later in the quarter.

Randle also started to launch offensively, although he made his second offensive foul late in the quarter. Detroit took a four-point lead into the break despite strong first-half performances from Gibson (10 points, seven rebounds), Rose (12 points, two assists) and Randle (eight points, five rebounds, two assists). decisive). Overall, however, it wasn’t a very consistent first half for the Knicks.

– The Pistons increased their lead to seven points with seven minutes left in the third as Saben lee pushed his point total to 14. Randle, Rose and Gibson continued to pace the Knicks offensively, as Randle hit a pair of threes late in the quarter to give him 19 points for the game.

Randle hit his third three and Barrett converted one-to-one to give the Knicks a 78-77 lead, their first lead since the first quarter. Randle finished with 16 points in the quarter, and the Knicks took an 82-77 lead in the fourth.

– In the fourth quarter, the Pistons reduced the Knicks’ lead to about three at about the halfway point, but a pullback from Gibson and another Randle three reduced the lead to eight with less than five to go.

The Knicks held on for the win, with Randle in the lead with 29 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Gibson also had a great night with 21 points and nine rebounds. Barrett struggled with his shot but still finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Strong points

And after

The Knicks have a preseason game to play as they face the Washington Wizards on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

After that, the regular season kicks off next Wednesday when they host the Boston Celtics at the Garden at 7:30 p.m.

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