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Julius Randle hits 7 threes, explodes for 44 in win over Hawks


Randle was on fire from the opening tip with and sealed New York’s third straight win with 11 points in the fourth quarter.


The 26-year-old has never come close to an All-Star selection but has a strong case for the 2021 game in Atlanta for a reserve spot, which is picked by the coaches.


Unlike some potential All-Stars — including LeBron James — Randle has expressed only excitement for the money-grab exhibition played during a condensed season and pandemic.


It was the Knicks’ second game without Mitchell Robinson, who is scheduled for a doctor’s consultation Tuesday before deciding whether to have surgery on his fractured right hand.


However, Noel was strong defensively with three blocks, including two consecutive during a third-quarter run that turned a six-point Knicks deficit to a seven-point advantage.


Both Noel and Gibson fell into foul trouble but managed to stay on the court for a combined 44 minutes, leaving only a small cameo for the Randle-Obi Toppin frontcourt.






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