Don’t look now, but the New York Knicks might actually be decent at basketball this season. It’s been a few years since they have started so well, and Wednesday night’s win over the Utah Jazz, which took them up to 5-3 after eight games, was all the more impressive given how they did it. Down by as many as 18 in the first half, they never gave up the chase and came all the way back to take a 112-100 win at the final buzzer. On paper, a lot of the credit will go to the game’s top scorer, Julius Randle.
He had 30 points, and that did set the table, but a formidable 14-point run from Austin Rivers at one stage of the proceedings also helped them down the stretch to open up a gap over their opponents. He finished with 23 eventually, but those 14 straight were the key in officially confirming the momentum had changed. He had four three-pointers in the last four minutes and change. With the win, they surpassed the number of wins they had last season through 22 games, showing a marked improvement. There’s still a long way to go, but the joke Knicks of old might just be gone.