The Knicks pulled away from the Pelicans in the fourth quarter behind Alec Burks and Julius Randle, cruising to their fourth consecutive win.

The New York Knicks (29-27) pulled away from the New Orleans Pelicans (25-30) in the fourth quarter to secure their fourth straight victory by a score of 116-106. Julius Randle led the charge with another outstanding performance to the tune of 32 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, including hitting five of his eight shots from behind the arc, per ESPN Stats. Alec Burks chipped in 21 points (11 in the fourth), while Reggie Bullock helped the cause with 16 of his own.

New York was money from three, shooting 17-of-33 from long range. Previously, the Knicks were 0-6 when going for their fourth straight victory this season, but were able to break through this evening as they head into a critical stretch of games, most of which will be at Madison Square Garden.

New Orleans came into tonight’s game with a three-game winning streak of their own, moving into the thick of the backend of the Western Conference playoff standings. Unfortunately for them, the Knicks were having none of that tonight.

The Pelicans’ young star tandem of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram was as advertised tonight, pouring in 25 and 28 points, respectively, but didn’t receive a ton of help from teammates, as no other Pelican eclipsed 15 points. New Orleans, despite their plethora of young talent and upside, has somewhat underachieved this season. The absence of Lonzo Ball reared its ugly head this evening, as the Pelicans offense looked stagnant and choppy at times, as they failed to reach their season average of 114.7 points per game. Credit the Knicks stout defense for keeping Williamson and the Pelicans in check.

Battle of the Blue Devils

Tonight’s contest featured the much-anticipated matchup of the first and third overall picks in the 2019 draft. Former college teammates and friends R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson duked it out, with Zion having the significantly better game as he continues his incredible ascension to superstardom. Barrett, on the other hand, was freezing cold from the field, making two of his 10 shots and scoring only six points, his lowest since February 23rd against the Warriors, per ESPN Stats.

Despite Barrett’s struggles, his teammates were able to contribute enough to lift New York to victory over a young and up-and-coming Pelicans squad with immense talent. Barrett will have the opportunity to redeem himself against Williamson, as they square off again on Sunday.

Additional Game Notes

  • Norvel Pelle, who recently signed a second 10-day contract with the Knicks, had four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Pelle’s opportunity came due to Nerlens Noel missing the game with a sore right ankle. The 13 minutes played is the most game action he’s seen since February 6th, when he was with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • New York currently finds themselves in the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and could find themselves in the sixth spot by the end of the night if the Heat fall to the red hot Nuggets.

The Knicks look for their fifth straight win as they head to Dallas to take on Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and the Mavericks this Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

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