Julius Randle said he needed to be better for the Knicks to win after Sunday’s debacle against Cleveland.
On Monday night in Philadelphia, Randle was.
Randle scored 10 of his 31 points in the final four minutes as the Knicks held off a fiery charge from the depleted Sixers to notch a 103-96 victory at Wells Fargo Center.
With the Sixers closing within one point, Randle went to work, starting with a hard drive to the basket. He then hit two 3s. His putback with 1:20 remaining sealed the win as he flexed his muscles and celebrated with RJ Barrett. Randle also grabbed 12 rebounds as a bevy of New York fans chanted “Let’s Go Knicks’’ in the final seconds.
Kemba Walker, back in the lineup after his rest day Sunday, was quiet until the end when he scored a traditional three-point play by driving to the basket and getting fouled with 2:19 left.
Then Walker stole the ball in the backcourt as the Knicks moved to 7-4 with a better defensive effort. Walker finished with eight points and five assists.
The Sixers, who had won six straight, were without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle, all because of COVID-19.
The Sixers trimmed what was a 19-point deficit to 70-69 after three quarters. The Knicks were held to just 14 points in the third period and shot 5 of 19 before they righted the ship.
The Knicks came alive in the fourth with hustle plays. Alec Burks kept alive a possession by tipping an offensive rebound to Immanuel Quickley for a 3. And Derrick Rose intercepted a pass and that led to a transition 3 for Barrett and a 89-82 lead.
The Sixers were led by Furkan Korkmaz who lit it up from 3 for 19 points.
The Knicks shot 51 percent in the first half as they took a 58-44 lead into intermission.
Knicks center Nerlens Noel, who missed the first seven games and all of preseason, injured his knee in the second quarter and didn’t play the second half.
Sixers’ Danny Green rolled into Noel’s knee and he went down in a heap. Noel had knee and hamstring issues that cost him those first seven games and was playing just his third game. Noel had started the game because of Mitchell Robinson’s hip injury.
Taj Gibson started the second half at center.
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