Knicks end win streak of Celtics

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    NIFTY MOVE: Knicks guard RJ Barrett goes for a reverse layup in second half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    JULIUS Randle and RJ Barrett each posted double-doubles Sunday afternoon (Monday in Manila) as the visiting New York Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak with their most lopsided win in almost five years, a 105-75 rout of the Boston Celtics.

    The Knicks never trailed in producing their biggest margin of victory since March 9, 2016, when they defeated the Phoenix Suns, 128-97. It was also New York’s most lopsided victory over the Celtics since a 102-70 win on Nov. 4, 1997.

    The Celtics, who had their five-game winning streak snapped, suffered their most lopsided defeat since a 116-86 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 19, 2018. Boston’s 75 points were its fewest in the regular season since an 83-75 loss to the Miami Heat on Jan. 1, 2015. They scored 72 in a playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks in 2016.

    Randle finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Barrett had 19 and 11, respectively.

    Immanuel Quickley had 17 points and a team-high eight assists off the bench while Obi Toppin (12 points) and Reggie Bullock (11 points) also got into double digits.

    In other games, it was the Bulls 117, Mavericks 101; Clippers 129, Pacers 96; Jazz 109, Nuggets 105; Pelicans 128, Kings 123.

    Chicago Bulls 117 – Dallas Mavericks 101

    Lauri Markkanen had a season-high 29 points to go with 10 rebounds and Garrett Temple scored 17 of his season-high 21 points in the first half as Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak by beating host Dallas.

    Bench scoring and ball movement boosted the Bulls, whose reserves outscored the Mavericks’ 61-22. Chicago shot 50.6 percent behind six scorers in double figures while finishing with 32 assists against 13 turnovers.

    Chicago’s defense produced a season-best 14 steals to help overcome a triple-double from Dallas’ Luka Doncic, who amassed a game-high 36 points, 16 rebounds and 15 assists.

    Doncic scored 30 points in the first half on 11-of-19 shooting, establishing a new career best for scoring in the first 24 minutes.