Jalen Brunson scored 30 points, Julius Randle added 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to four games with a 108-103 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.
New York trailed by nine points at the start of the fourth quarter and outscored the Nets 10-3 over the final two minutes to seal the win.
Mikal Bridges hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 36 points for the Nets, who blew a 10-point lead in the third quarter, just two nights after squandering an 18-point advantage in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The contest was closed for the first two quarters before Brooklyn built a 10-point lead late in the third quarter on a 6-0 run that was capped by a Nic Claxton dunk that extended the lead to 81-71 with 1:16 left in the period.
Precious Achiuwa hit a layup to make it a one-point game following a Randle miss at the rim, giving the Knicks a 98-97 lead with 3:57 left.
Dorian Finney-Smith answered with a 3-pointer to put the Nets back in front with 3:47 remaining.
New York missed consecutive 3-pointers before Randle connected and put the Knicks ahead for good, 101-100, with 2:19 left in the game.
After a wild sequence that included three blocked shots by both teams, Randle brought the Knicks’ supporters to their feet with a two-handed dunk that made it 103-101.
Finney-Smith missed a 3-pointer and Jason Hart followed with a basket at the other end to extend the Knicks’ lead to 105-101, forcing the Nets to call a timeout.
Bridges hit a 13-foot pullup jumper to close the deficit, but New York sealed the game with three consecutive free throws.
Brunson had 10 of his 18 first-half points in the second quarter to help the Knicks to a 50-49 lead at the break.
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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