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Julius Randle is playing like a man possessed. Friday night he added to his lengthy resume for Most Improved Player by scoring 45 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists in a win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Randle is the first Knick to post 40-10-5 in a single game since Bernard King in 1985. The Knicks have now won five straight for the first time since 2014. Of course, Randle has been going crazy during that stretch. The stats from his previous three games:
44 PTS | 10 REB | 7 REB
32 PTS | 8 REB | 5 AST
34 PTS | 10 REB | 4 AST
The first Knicks player to record multiple 40-point games in a single season since Carmelo Anthony in 2014, he's not doing it by bullying opponents in the paint. He can still do that too, but now he's making step back threes. Last night he shot FIFTY-FIVE percent from the field.
Randle is getting hot at the right time with the playoffs right around the corner.