The Rundown: Randle stuns Heat with game-winner

Published March 4, 2023, 2:30 PMMiguel Flores

Behind Julius Randle’s game-winning triple, the Knicks escaped the Heat for their eighth straight win.



Magic 117, Hornets 106

Hawks 129, Trail Blazers 111

Nets 115, Celtics 105

Knicks 122, Heat 120

Suns 125, Bulls 104

Nuggets 113, Grizzlies 97

Warriors 108, 99

Kings 128, Clippers 127

Timberwolves 110, Lakers 102

What went down

Allan Houston. Carmelo Anthony. Now, Julius Randle joins the list of New York Knicks to own the Miami Heat on their home court.

Everything about this sequence is art: from the near Herro-ic moment to Mike Breen christening Randle with the rare double “bang” for his game-winner. Randle finished with 46 points and led the Knicks to their eighth straight win. All season, there has been some apprehension from Knicks fans to celebrate the Knicks’ recent success but today felt like a turning point. Bing Bong vibes are back.

New York has the best record in the league over the last 41 games at 30-11, tied with the Denver Nuggets. They are currently the fifth seed in the East, just one game back of the Cleveland Cavaliers for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Miami has lost six of their seven games and are currently in seventh place in the East with a 33-31 record. They’re just two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for an outright spot in the playoffs.

In the West, the Denver Nuggets avenged their wire-to-wire loss to the Memphis Grizzlies a few days ago. They dominated the Grizzlies in Denver through another triple-double performance from Nikola Jokic.

The reigning two-time MVP had a ho-hum 18-18-10 statline as he dissected a Memphis defense that held him to 5-for-12 shooting in the previous matchup. The Nuggets solidified their hold on the top seed in the West with a 45-19 record, six games ahead of the Grizzlies.

Big-time baller

Julius Randle has to take today's honors after dropping 46 points. He also had eight triples on 16-for-25 shooting with nine rebounds.

De’Aaron Fox also deserves some shine. He led the Kings to their fifth straight win with 33 points, seven boards, and seven assists. This was his eighth consecutive 30-point performance and the Kings needed every bit of it in their tight win over the Clippers.

What he said

In case you missed it, Dillon Brooks doesn’t like the Golden State Warriors, especially Draymond Green.

Did you see that?

With his Hornets down 20 at home, Michael Jordan looked disheveled.

Charlotte has the fourth-worst record in the league at 20-45. They’ve been unlucky with injuries and other off-court issues this season, but that may soon land them Scoot Henderson or Victor Wembanyama.