The last time the New York Knicks were in the playoffs was 2013. Eight years later, the Knicks are back in it. And the Big Apple is ecstatic.
The fans were just happy to see them back. And even more to see them…win.
“You guys pushed us through the whole game,” Julius Randle said ‘in (a MSG Networks) on-court interview following the win’ per the New York Post’s Mark Fischer.
The Knicks got to this year’s playoffs as the fourth-seed. At home at Madison Square Garden in front of its fans, hosting the Atlanta Hawks, they barely lost in game one, 107-105.
Then, on Wednesday, it happened.
It really was a team effort. Julius Randle put up 15 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Derrick Rose led the team with 26 points (along with four boards and four assists), Reggie Bullock had 15, RJ Barrett had 13 and eight boards, Alex Burks had 11 and eight boards, Taj Gibson had six points and seven boards, and Obadiah Toppin had eight points. That, along with the home crowd support, helped the Knicks get to a playoff win.
“…We tied up the series, so gotta go on the road, take care of business, and try to come back here and finish it off,” Randle said in that same interview with MSG Networks after the game.
The score: 101-92. The series: all tied up at one. New York?
They’re going crazy celebrating this win, soaking it in.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Hawks fans are probably just ready to cheer on their squad because this series is now even at one game a piece. It’s a new slate. It’s a whole new ballgame. Game three tip off is set for Friday.
This should be an exciting series moving forward because you already know Trae Young and company are ready to get it done in the A-T-L.
Charlie Lapastora is a sports/news multimedia journalist who’s reported, written, produced, anchored, shot video/edited on different NBC, ABC, and FOX shows in multiple TV markets, along with digital & new media companies. Charlie has traveled the country telling national sports, news, feature, and original stories on a cable news network, airing on top 10 TV markets, satellite radio, and digital platforms. He is passionate about his faith, family—being a husband to whom he calls the G.O.A.T. of women—about reppin’ his home state of Michigan and Detroit teams (yes, including the Lions), good coffee, and loves how sports brings people together. He’s traveled the world leading and coaching sports camps and has also worked at the Detroit Pistons and LA Clippers’ NBA teams.
- 1 “You guys pushed us through the whole game,” Julius Randle said ‘in (a MSG Networks) on-court interview following the win’ per the New York Post’s Mark Fischer.
- 2 “…We tied up the series, so gotta go on the road, take care of business, and try to come back here and finish it off,” Randle said in that same interview with MSG Networks after the game.
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