Randle scores 27 as Knicks hold off Bulls 107-103

Julius Randle scored 27 points and tied a career high by hitting five 3-pointers, and the New York Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 107-103 on Wednesday night.

New York outscored the Bulls 34-17 in the first quarter. The Knicks withstood a huge run in the fourth and came away with the win after losing two nights earlier in Chicago.

Randle made 5 of 7 from beyond the arc to equal his career best at Brooklyn on Dec. 26, 2019. He made three in a row late in the opening quarter.

Elfrid Payton added 20 points and eight rebounds. RJ Barrett scored 17, and the Knicks picked up the win after dropping five of six.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 24 points. Thaddeus Young scored 19. Lauri Markkanen, coming off back-to-back outings with 30 or more, cooled off with nine points as the Bulls lost for the fourth time in five games. They also fell to 3-7 at home.

The Knicks led 94-76 early in the fourth before the Bulls went on a 20-5 run. Daniel Gafford’s alley-oop and Markkanen’s driving dunk cut it to 99-96 with 5:45 left.

Reggie Bulluck nailed a 3 for New York and Payton pulled up for a turnaround jumper in the lane to bump the lead back up to eight with 3:33 remaining.

Coby White hit a 3 for Chicago, but Randle answered with a jumper with just over two minutes remaining.

A driving dunk by LaVine cut it to 106-101 with 1:18 left. It remained that way until Young tipped in White’s missed 3 in the closing seconds.


Knicks: New York’s first 22 points came in the paint before Randle hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions and Alec Burks added another one. ... Coach Tom Thibodeau had good things to say about new Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas, as well as coach Billy Donovan and assistant Maurice Cheeks. The two spent time together when Thibodeau was an assistant for the U.S. National Team and Karnisovas was scouting for USA Basketball. "I think he has a great understanding," said Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls from 2010 to 2015. "I think he’s a great fit for the city. High-character guy, very intelligent. I love Billy and Mo Cheeks as well. The people they have in leadership positions are excellent."

Bulls: Chicago held out F Otto Porter Jr. (lower back spasms) for the fourth time in 10 games. And Donovan wasn’t sure he’ll make the trip to Orlando, where the Bulls play Friday and Saturday.


Knicks: The Knicks host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Bulls: The Bulls open a two-game set at struggling Orlando on Friday.