New York Knicks Waste Julius Randle’s 57 Points in Loss to Minnesota Timberwolves

New York Knicks Waste Julius Randle’s 57 Points in Loss to Minnesota Timberwolves

Joel Reyes
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
  • Julius Randle almost broke the scoring record at Madison Square Garden
  • He scored 26 of his 57 points in the third quarter against Minnesota
  • His scoring outburst went for naught as the Knicks lost to the Wolves

Julius Randle played the game of his life on Monday night.

He scored a career-high 57 points, but that still was not enough to hand the New York Knicks the victory.

They suffered a disappointing 140-134 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden.

Julius Randle, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves
Julius Randle of the New York Knicks dunks the ball as Taurean Prince #12 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends on March 20, 2023. Image: Sarah Stier
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Randle was unstoppable throughout the first three quarters of a game in which New York trailed by as many as 17 points. He scored 52 points during that stretch to bring the Knicks back into the game, per ESPN.

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Randle erupts in third quarter

Randle did most of his damage in the third quarter, scoring 26 points. He sent the fans into a frenzy as he threatened to break the scoring record at the Garden.

Unfortunately for Randle and the home support, he ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. He scored just five points in the final period.

It was still a spectacular performance by Randle, who shot 19 of 29 from the field and 11 of 13 from the free-throw line. Randle was lights out from deep, knocking down 8 of his 14 3-point attempts.

Randle makes history

He was the first Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony in 2014 to record a 50-point game. His scoring output was tied for third-most in a game in the history of the Knicks. His 26-point explosion in the third quarter was the most in any quarter by a Knicks player in the franchise's history.

The Knicks failed to reward Randle’s outstanding play with a win as they played horrendous defense against the Wolves. Minnesota got to the rim almost at will all evening, shooting 61.4% from the field against New York.

Knicks edge past Lakers

Sports Brief recently reported on the Knicks’ win over the Lakers.

New York pulled off a 112-108 victory over Los Angeles to end the Lakers’ three-game winning streak.

Anthony Davis blamed himself for the defeat as he scored just 17 points against the Knicks.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.