The Knicks were cruising through the first two and a half quarters of Sunday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden, going up double-digits and staying there.
But like any game in this league, things can change in the blink of an eye.
The Raptors came roaring back, taking as large as a four-point lead late in the fourth after the Knicks were up by 18 earlier in the third.
However, the Knicks stayed calm, cool and collected, and broke their way back into a good stretch of basketball. One good enough to secure them the 102-96 win — something Julius Randle never had a doubt in.
“We’ve been in tough stretches, had tough games, tough breaks, close calls all season long where we’ve been fighting in close games and they ain’t gone our way, so it’s good to mentally get over that hump,” Randle said.
“Even when we were down…I just felt that we were going to win the game. It was just time that we get over that hump and we did.”
After being told by a reporter what Randle said, RJ Barrett shared the same sentiments.
“I think what I’ve learned over my course of being in the NBA is that it’s a long game. Anything can happen,” Barrett said. “Everybody goes on runs, the game’s up and down, all that matters is where you’re at at the end of the game when that final buzzer sounds. So like [Randle] said, I thought we were going to win the whole time too.”