WASHINGTON — Thought not counting towards his stellar regular season totals, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle had one of his worst shooting nights of the season less than a week ago, when he brought up the rear during the three-point contest at All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City. Turns out that Randle needed some actual defenders in his face to show off his true shooting potential, and he delivered with a career performance in the first game out of the break on Friday.
Randle picked up where he left off in the first half of the season, going off for a career-high 46 points in helping to lead the Knicks to a come-from-behind 115-109 victory over the Washington Wizards inside Capital One Arena on Friday evening. Jalen Brunson connected on a go-ahead layup with 42.1 seconds remaining before Randle’s assist on a Mitchell Robinson layup on the next possession sealed the victory for New York, who were down 55-36 midway through the second quarter.
“He was terrific,” Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Big shot after big shot.”
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Friday evening’s game, with all photos taken by DC-area photographers Rodney Pierce and Yusuf Abdullah. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are five pictures in total.