The Knicks were riding a wave of vibes heading into Tuesday night’s clash with the Golden State Warriors. Fans were allowed in the stands at MSG for the first time in nearly a full calendar year. Julius Randle was named to his first All-Star team just before tip-off. The Garden faithful showered Randle with “M-V-P” chants during the introductions.
Seriously, watch Julius Randle’s mom give him a surprise message on the Jumbotron during the first quarter and try not to shed a tear. I DARE YOU.
We’re not crying, you are— The Strickland (@TheStrickland) February 24, 2021
Julius Randle’s mom with a surprise message for her son pic.twitter.com/nwMh7gSJqc
Unfortunately, basketball games are not won by vibes alone. The Warriors played New York tough in the first half and absolutely stomped a mudhole in their asses in the third quarter, ending the frame with a double-digit advantage.
To be fair, the Knicks had their chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but the offense was butt nasty for the most part on both sides. Julius Randle did manage to tie the game late, but Steph Curry wasn’t about to let the MSG fans enjoy themselves for once.
Knicks and Warriors going All-Star vs. All-Star, shot for shot, Randle vs. Curry in this tight game late in the 4th pic.twitter.com/ESGpffDyz8— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) February 24, 2021
A few more Steph buckets and a ton of late Golden State free throws ended the Knicks’ comeback hopes for good.
Recap to come.