Knicks’ Julius Randle reveals the reason behind his 36-point explosion
Julius Randle was on one for the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. Randle exploded for a season-high 36 points to go along with seven boards and five dimes to lead the Knicks to a resounding 140-110 victory over the injury-ravaged Detroit Pistons. What spurred such an outburst from the 28-year-old lefty, you might ask?
He may have just had a good night’s sleep – and it’s all because he’s on the road and away from his kids.
When MSG play-by-play commentator Mike Breen asked Julius Randle what his secrets are to his success on the road, the one-time All-Star had quips that are sure to resonate with many parents around the world.
“Well, I’m away from my kids, so I’m getting some sleep,” Randle said with a big grin on his face before bursting into laughter. “No, I’m kidding, I love them.”
“Well I’m away from my kids so I’ll get some sleep”
— Julius Randle on the road success after scoring a season-high 36 in Detroit pic.twitter.com/0yHd6S0moC
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A loving parent would do anything for their children’s well-being, and Randle is no different. But jokes are often half-hearted, and at times parents still need space from all the considerable burdens they carry on their shoulders. So Randle’s statement can both be true at the same time.
The Knicks forward is actually playing at a higher level on the road as well, so there really could be a ton of truth in what he said jokingly. Julius Randle is averaging 22.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 12 road games on 49.2 percent shooting from the field (38.6 percent from beyond the arc), compared to a relatively pedestrian 20.3 points , 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists on poorer efficiency (44.7 FG%, 27.5% 3PT).
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Nonetheless, Randle also said the Knicks are better on the road. Notably, it was the 28-year-old forward who gathered his troops for a players-only dinner ahead of a road game against the Utah Jazz earlier this season.
“The way is usually when teams come together and that’s what you do, so just try to lead by example, and play with energy, play with effort and do my best, what I can, to help team to win,” Randle added.
Julius Randle and the Knicks will look to continue the good vibes when they travel home to face the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back.