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Knicks takeaways from Monday’s 109-104 win over the Bulls, including RJ Barrett and Alec Burks rising to the occasion

Alec Burks cropped 03/28/22

Alec Burks cropped 03/28/22

The Knicks are on a four-game winning streak thanks to a 109-104 win over the Chicago Bulls at MSG.

Five things you should know about Monday’s game

1. The Knicks rolled with a usual starting five of Alex Burks, rj barrett, Evan Fournier, Julius Randle and mitchell robinson. Quentin Grimeswho did not play in Sunday’s 104-102 win over the Detroit Pistons, was again out with illness.

2. Randle, who missed three straight games before returning for Sunday’s 104-102 win over the Detroit Pistons, struggled offensively. He finished his 28-minute night scoring five points on 1-for-9 shooting but grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out four assists, both team highs.

3. However, Burks and Barrett picked up the slack, fueling a Knicks charge that topped a combined 64 points per game. DeMar DeRozan (set high 37) and Zach LaVine (27). Burks scored 10 of his 27 points in the second quarter, as the Knicks trailed 39-27 at 9:47, on a 9-for-19 clip from the field, including five 3-for-10 attempts, up to 42 minutes Barrett came alive in the second half, stopping the Bulls’ comeback attempts and finishing with 28 points on 10-for-24 shooting in 43 minutes.

4. From the bench, Obi Toppin he was a key contributor, adding 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes. Toppin’s layup with 6:04 remaining in the fourth quarter capped an 8-2 run in which the Knicks prevented one of the Bulls’ many comeback attempts.

5. Robinson’s consistent production was added with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. The big man made 8 of 9 shots from the field in a 35-minute effort.


Whats Next

The Knicks (34-42), looking for their fifth consecutive win, host the Charlotte Hornets (39-37) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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