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BBNBA: Julius Randle Scores 26 Following Loss of Grandmother

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning, folks. Julius Randle sat out the previous two games due to unknown personal reasons. We now know why. Let’s talk NBA.

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Randle posts 26 following recent death of his grandmother

Following a 30-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers this past Tuesday, New York Knicks forward Julius Randle found out after the game that his grandmother had passed away. At the time, it was announced by the team that Randle was out due to “personal reasons” but no one really knew what was going on. Sunday was his first game back since his grandmother’s death, and Randle made sure to honor her in the best way he knew how – by playing basketball at the highest possible level.

Randle poured in 26 points as the Knicks earned a surprising upset victory over the semi-struggling Miami Heat, 124-121. The former ‘Cat added eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals to his stat line on a shooting clip of 10-21 from the floor.

“I didn’t feel ready, but being around these guys is like family to me,” Randle said following the game.

The Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak in the process. Randle’s best stretch of the night came late in the game when he dropped in eight points for the Knicks in the final two minutes. New York scored 40 points in the fourth quarter.

“My grandmother left an incredible legacy and mark on my life and my family,” Randle continued. “It’s been tough. (It will) still be tough. But tonight was special. I really felt her out there the whole time.”

In news that is absolutely adorable, Randle brought his son Kyden to the game, too.

Kevin Knox contributed 17 points and five rebounds for New York while shooting 6-8 from the field. It was the first time that he hit double-digits in scoring since Dec. 21.

As for the Heat, they’ve now dropped back-to-back games against teams from New York, losing to the Brooklyn Nets just two days prior. In both games, Miami has controlled a late lead only to watch it slip through their fingers. Bam Adebayo posted 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists on a 5-7 shooting clip, but turned the ball over five times. The former Kentucky big man actually hit the game-tying three, but the final buzzer sounded right before he could release the ball.

Tyler Herro registered 15 points, as well, on 5-12 shooting and a 3-8 mark from deep in addition to his four rebounds.

Suns win despite Booker’s off night

Whenever Devin Booker isn’t playing well, the Pheonix Suns – to no one’s surprise – struggle as a team. Coming into Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Suns posted an overall record of 13-7 whenever Booker records at least 23 points in a game.

When Booker fails to hit 23, the Suns were a pitiful 2-12. But thanks to an all-around team effort, Pheonix can go ahead and add a third win to that column after the former Wildcat finished the night with just 12 points – his second-fewest of the season. While he did manage four rebounds and nine assists in the process, he shot 3-12 from the field and a mere 1-6 from deep. He also turned the ball over seven times, one off his season-high.

Led by 25 points from Kelly Oubre Jr., the Suns saw five players score in double-figures as they held on to a 100-92 win late in the game.

For Charlotte, P.J. Washington also had an off night (a common theme for Kentucky players in this affair). The big man went for four points and three rebounds on 1-6 shooting in 23 minutes. Malik Monk wasn’t any better, finishing with just three points in only seven minutes. It marked the first game for Monk since Dec. 13 that he failed to reach 10 minutes played. Micahel Kidd-Gilchrist was a DNP-CD for the sixth consecutive game.

Other notes

  • Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets secured a big win against the Los Angeles Clippers, this coming just one game after being embarrassed by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Murray posted 19 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the 114-104 win for Denver. Patrick Patterson was held scoreless on four shot attempts in 12 minutes for the Clips.
  • Trey Lyles registered four points and five rebounds for the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Toronto Raptors, 105-104.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein managed just one point for the Golden State Warriors in a 122-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He shot 0-5 from the field and grabbed three boards in 16 minutes.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Julius Randle (NYK)124-121 W vs. MIA2610-21 (1-5)84202-232
Jamal Murray (DEN)114-104 W vs. LAC194-12 (1-3)42002+537
Kevin Knox (NYK)124-121 W vs. MIA176-8 (2-4)52000+419
Bam Adebayo (MIA)121-124 L @ NYK155-7 (0-0)65005-237
Tyler Herro (MIA)121-124 L @ NYK155-12 (3-8)41000-1421
Devin Booker (PHX)100-92 W vs. CHA123-12 (1-6)49117+1437
Trey Lyles (SAS)105-104 W @ TOR42-5 (0-0)50000-313
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)92-100 L @ PHX41-6 (1-2)32101-1923
Malik Monk (CHA)92-100 L @ PHX31-2 (1-2)00001-17
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)102-122 L @ MEM10-5 (0-0)31003-1016
Patrick Patterson (LAC)104-114 L @ DEN00-4 (0-3)01000-412
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)92-100 L @ PHXDNP-CD----------------
Keldon Johnson (SAS)105-104 W @ TORDNP-Inactive----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)114-104 W vs. LACDNP-Inactive----------------
John Wall (WAS)116-127 L vs. UTADNP-Foot----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Pistons

7:00: 76ers @ Pacers

7:30: Bulls @ Celtics (Kanter)

8:00: Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) @ Timberwolves (Towns-questionable)

10:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out)

10:00: Magic @ Kings (Fox, Gabriel)

10:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Lakers (Davis-questionable, Rondo-questionable)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan