Knicks takeaways from Wednesday's 121-102 win over Nets, including a vintage Julius Randle performance

On Wednesday night in Brooklyn, Julius Randle's vintage performance helped the Knicks beat the Nets 121-102 after taking an early lead.

Despite playing without centre Mitchell Robinson until February, New York announced centre Jericho Sims would miss seven to 10 days with an ankle sprain.

Donte DiVincenzo, Randle, Brunson, Barrett, and Hartenstein start. Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Thomas, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, and Nic Claxton answered for Brooklyn.

 Before their first of four games, both teams were coming off West Coast road trips, and the Nets started poorly (2-for-13 from the floor). 

The Knicks converted defensive rebounds into points with Brunson grabbing three boards and two assists and DiVincinzo scoring eight early with three boards.

With 3:18 left in the quarter, Hartenstein, making his first start of the season, rebounded and passed to Randle for a two-handed slam to take a 25-14 lead and force a Brooklyn timeout. 

A few possessions later, Hartenstein was called for a foul trying to stop Bridges and took a left elbow to the face, cutting his upper lip and drawing blood and sending him to the locker room. 

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