Knicks win ninth straight sport, tied for second-longest streak in 25 years


The Knicks earned their ninth straight win in a 120-103 victory over the Raptors at Madison Sq. Backyard on Saturday — tying for the franchise’s second-longest streak of the final 25 years.

It is also New York’s longest streak because the 2012-13 season, when a 13-game streak helped the staff to its most up-to-date NBA playoff berth. The two-seed Knicks beat the 7-seed Celtics in six video games within the first spherical earlier than dropping to the 3-seed Pacers in six within the Jap Convention semifinals.

If the season ended Saturday, New York would earn the No. 4 seed within the East and tackle the 5-seed Hawks within the opening spherical earlier than dealing with, presumably, the 1-seed Nets within the convention semis.

However with 11 video games remaining within the common season, the Knicks have ample alternative not solely to contend for a better seed, but in addition match their longest streak of the final quarter-century (their 13-game win streak in 2013). Following that, the Knicks may then exceed their prior report of 15 wins (set from March 1 via April 2 in 1994) and the franchise report for longest win streak (18 video games from Oct. 24 via Nov. 28 in 1969).

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Julius Randle has been an enormous a part of the Knicks’ streak. The seventh-year participant and first-time NBA All-Star had 31 factors and 10 rebounds Saturday following a 40-point, 11-rebound sport in opposition to the Hawks on Wednesday. Based on ESPN Stats & Data, that makes him the primary Knick with consecutive 30-10 video games since Carmelo Anthony in 2013. That is not unhealthy firm in any respect.

Randle has been in double digits in not less than one metric amongst factors, rebounds or assists within the Knicks’ final 5 video games:

Randle wasn’t the one Knick to play nicely Saturday: Second-year participant RJ Barrett (25 factors, 12 rebounds) and Derrick Rose (29 factors) additionally contributed considerably.

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