The New York Knicks extended the NBA’s second-longest active winning streak to eight with a wild 122-120 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night, and Julius Randle was the hero.
But first he was almost the goat.
With the Knicks one and less than 30 seconds to play, Randle was pulled out of the pocket by Tyler Herro, who raced into front seat and made a powerful left pull to give Miami the lead in a tough finish, as one chaotic sequence followed.
Coming back the other way against a fading clock, Randle nearly got picked again, this time Jimmy Butler batting the ball away. But Randle had just enough time to regain the ball and launch a desperate 3-pointer that went down with seven tenths of a second to go.
Here’s the crazy sequence in its entirety.
After a time out, the Heat were unable to get a shot at the other end as Kevin Love’s inbound pass was knocked out. It was just an insane win for a Knicks team that is quickly becoming one of the most exciting teams in the league. New York has now recorded two separate eight-game winning streaks this season and will be looking to match nine wins against the Celtics on Sunday night in Boston.
This marks the second time in franchise history that the Knicks have had two winning streaks of at least eight games in the same season. The last time was 1972-73, the last time the Knicks won the championship.
Randle finished the season with 43 points, his fourth over 40-point race. With 46 points on Feb. 24 in Washington, Randle becomes the first Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony in 2014 to surpass the 40-point mark in two straight road games, according to ESPN stats.
Randle made eight of his 13 3-pointers on Friday. In his five games since the All-Star break, he’s cooking 32 points a night on 54 percent shooting, 50 percent of 3 in just under 11 attempts per game.
With the win, the Knicks retain the East’s No. 5, just a game behind the No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers and 17 games remaining.
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