Feb 14, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) shoots while being defended by New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday had some good news and bad news. Unfortunately for the Knicks and their fans, the latter outnumbered the former.

Julius Randle recorded a triple-double, scoring 30 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. It was his seventh consecutive game scoring 28 or more points, something only seven other Knicks have done in the history of the franchise.

That was the good news. The bad news? While Randle scored a lot of points, he wasn’t very efficient, going 11-for-26. He also turned the ball over seven times. More troubling is that the Knicks lost 127-123 in overtime.

Contributing to the loss was that the Knicks surrendered a historic performance to Oklahoma City’s Josh Giddey.

Despite the loss, some fans were in a positive mood and praised Randle’s performance.


Those fans, however, were in the minority. Some fans pointed out that Randle’s scoring surge hasn’t done much to help the fortunes of the team.

Indeed, the Knicks are 1-6 over the last seven games.

Despite the recent struggles, New York is still in postseason contention. Following the loss to the Thunder, the Knicks were two games behind the Atlanta Hawks, who hold the No. 10 spot.

Given that Oklahoma City is one of the worst teams in the NBA, plenty of New York fans were upset with the performance.


The Knicks can indeed still make the postseason. But for that to happen, they must right the ship quickly.


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