Knicks star Julius Randle. Mar 20, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Kyle Anderson (5) and Jaden McDaniels (3) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have shocked many this NBA season with their impressive play after missing the postseason last year. Much of their success can be credited to the excellent play of star forward Julius Randle. He showed out in a huge way on Monday, putting up potentially the greatest game of his career.

Randle dominated from the very start of Monday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 13 first-quarter points. He continued this pace in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 26 points.

He picked things up in a massive way in the third quarter, scoring 26 points to get to a career-high 52 points before even reaching the fourth quarter. This broke the Knicks franchise record for the most points in a single quarter.

He ultimately finished the game with 57 points, which is just five points shy of the franchise record for points in a game held by Carmelo Anthony. It ultimately put him third in Knicks history behind Carmelo Anthony and Bernard King.

Unfortunately, this unbelievable performance was wasted by a horrible defensive effort by the Knicks as a whole on Monday night. They went on to lose the game 140-134 despite Randle’s dominant play.

Many took to social media to praise Julius Randle for his insane performance.

Others absolutely blasted the Knicks for being unable to win this game despite Randle’s 57-point effort.

Randle spoke with the media after the game and discussed what it felt like to be compared to the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Bernard King.

“Those are legends in this game and pioneers specifically for this organization. They laid the groundwork and led the way for players like myself to come behind them.”

It is certainly hard not to feel for Randle after this brutal loss. The game of basketball is absolutely ruthless and an elite performance can be overshadowed by the other team playing even better.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.