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Pelicans 117, Knicks 116: Scenes from another preseason heart-stopper

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On to the regular season!

New Orleans Pelicans v New York Knicks Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

So one thing I’ll say about this preseason — if the cardiac stress I’ve been feeling is any indication of what we’re in for during the regular season, we’re in for a hell of a ride.

The Knicks came out kind of flat against the Pelicans overall, and kept scratching and clawing their way back basically all game. They got it VERY close late, getting the score within one point with one possession to go, before ultimately not being able to get the game winner and losing, 117-116.

But there was plenty to feel good about! First off, RJ Barrett is an absolute dynamo. The rookie had 19 point on 9-12 shooting and put on an absolute clinic in the first half.

Julius Randle didn’t shoot the best percentage, but dude had a pretty robust 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists on the night.

Bobby Portis did pretty well too! He actually passed a little and he scored efficiently on his way to 12 points.

Kevin Knox played pretty well in 18 minutes, and this was one of my favorite sequences of the night:

And Mitchell Robinson drew the start again and played more like the Mitch we want to see going forward, with 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

And that’s the preseason! MMiranda will have your recap later. Check out KnicksFanTV for now if you want. Regular season next!