Back to win New York, after bad misstep against Milwaukee – never playing in the challenge with an Eastern Conference battleship. To get into the rhythm against the Thunder instead it takes a quarter, but in the next 36 minutes the Knicks prove to have a different thickness, taking advantage of the heavy absence of the injured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (and Darius Bazley), riding a Julius Randle formed All-Star: the n ° 30 of New York dominates the match on both sides of the pitch, decisive result in a final in which he touches up a triple double of 26 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists – the second of his season and the first to put more than one on the scoresheet in the Knicks jersey in the last 32 years (the last to succeed was Mark Jackson in 1988-89). Game-building skills – fundamental in a match in which the Knicks are forced to do without Elfrid Payton and Derrick Rose – which rewards an inspired RJ Barrett, who raises his career high: the final siren is 32 points with 12/21 from the field, three triples, five rebounds and four assists. Immanuel Quickley’s impact was excellent with his 21 points off the bench: a performance that impressed coach Thibodeau who took no prisoners and left Frank Ntilikina at rest – in the quintet, on the pitch for five minutes at the start and then back on the court when the games were already decided in favor of the Knicks. A playoff team, which virtually rises to sixth place in the East.