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Knicks 104, Pacers 94: Scenes from the return of 2020-21 Julius Randle and RJ Barrett

The dynamic duo was back.

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If the Knicks want to do anything this season, they’ll need far more than what they’ve been getting from RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. Both players assumedly know this as well. And on Tuesday night, they finally played a game we know they’re capable of playing.

The dynamic duo of 2020-21 returned to MSG in a 104-94 win over the Indiana Pacers. RJ got things started with 19 points in the first quarter en route to a 32-point night overall. He has struggled against quality rim protectors this season, but tonight he had a few tricks up his sleeve for Myles Turner.

RJ didn’t quite match his career high after the hot start, but in many ways his second half was just as impressive. His jumper, which has deserted him many times this season, started to go wonky after his hot start. Still, he kept going to the rim and feasting inside.

Randle helped close things out, with most of his 30 points coming in the second half.

What a return from COVID protocols for Julius.

Recap to come. Have a good evening.