The King of New York was still there.
The New York Knicks won 101-97 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference playoffs held at the Cleveland Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on the 16th (Korean time).
5 seed New York versus 4 seed Cleveland. New York got off to a good start. Jaylen Brunson dominated. Brunson ran 29 minutes and 30 seconds that day and exploded 27 points. In particular, he scored 21 points only in the second half and led the way to victory.
Can’t forget this player. The King of New York, Julius Randall. Initially, it was unclear whether Randall would participate in the first game. It was because he had to leave due to a left ankle injury.
However, Randall played as a starter that day to win. From the first quarter, he scored 8 points, including two 3-pointers, and showed off his good condition. He led New York’s first half offense by scoring 8 points in the second quarter as well.
In the second half, he fell into the field hunting and could hardly show his strength in attack. But Randall proved his worth in a crucial moment.
With 9.7 seconds left in the game, Brunson attempted a jumper that could decide the game. result is misfired.
However, Randall rushed from behind the 3-point line and won an offensive rebound. After that, Quinton Grimes got free throws and made both of them. It was the moment when New York confirmed the victory by four points.
Manager Tom Thibodeau praised Randall’s decisive offensive rebound in an interview after the game.
“Julius Randle grabbed a monster rebound at the end. It was an indescribably great play. That rebound was great,” said Thibodeau.
Randle recorded 19 points,안전놀이터 10 rebounds and 4 assists on the day. It is a record left by running close to 34 minutes. It must have been a burden because it was his first game after his injury.
Randle showed his fighting spirit, saying, “Did you see me breathing on the court? I was really tired. But at that point, I was only thinking about winning.”
Thanks to Randall’s performance, New York won a thrilling away victory and made the series 1-0. Will Randall be able to show off a great performance in the second match? The second leg of the two teams will be held at the same place on the 19th.