Julius Randle lights up Mavericks to lead Knicks to fifth straight win

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Julius Randle lights up Mavericks to lead Knicks to fifth straight win

The New York Knicks are on a five-game winning streak and their head coact Tom Thibodeau couldn't hide his happiness after the latest win. On Friday, the Knicks played against the Dallas Mavericks on the road and claimed a 117-109 win to get on a five-game losing streak for the first time in seven years.

The Knicks finished the past seven seasons with a losing record and missed the postseason in each year. "Am I happy? You know I'm never happy," Thibodeau said, per ESPN. "We try not to get wrapped up in all of that stuff.

I think you don't want to get lost, and that's the most important thing to understand what goes into winning. I think if we're taking care of all the little things, the big things take care of themselves. "I think we have a belief that we can win, and that's probably the most important thing.

It started that way in the beginning. It doesn't really matter what outside people think. It's what we think."

Julius Randle continues to shine for the Knicks

Randle played lights out against the Mavericks as he had 44 points 10 rebounds and seven assists in a Friday win.

"We've just got to keep building," said All-Star forward Julius Randle, who has averaged 30.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists during the winning streak. Coach Thibodeau and Knicks guard RJ Barrett weren't surprised by Randle's performance.

"He's making winning plays," Thibodeau said of Randle. "The way we started the game, his aggressiveness set the tone. I've said it many times: He's our engine. He makes us go." "The way they made the schedule -- Lakers, New Orleans and then in Dallas and New Orleans again -- I mean, you kind of knew he was going to come out and do this," said Barrett, who had 24 points and eight rebounds against the Mavs.

"It doesn't surprise me at all. He's a tremendous player." Randle is a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year award. "It's a responsibility, but it's not something that weighs on me or anything," Randle said.

"It's just my approach and who I am. I just try to be the same every day -- not try to be too high or too low. I am who I am. Come in and work, put my hard hat on, try to be unselfish and play for my team. Let that dictate the results."