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New York Knicks rookie guard RJ Barrett says the team’s first win of the season on Monday night was “electric.”

It’s finally happened, New York Knicks fans. After dropping the first three games of the new season, the Knicks have found a way to pull off a victory. And, even better, they did it in front of their home fans.

On Monday, New York sparked a 15-0 run to close out the game and defeat the Chicago Bulls 105-98. Veteran center Bobby Portis stole the show in Madison Square Garden, dropping a game-high 28 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. It was the team’s inaugural win of the year and rookie guard RJ Barrett‘s first of his career. Ultimately, the Duke University product knew he was part of a special moment.

“It was so electric in here,” Barrett said, per Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post. “I hope that’s just the first of many nights I get to feel it the way I felt it tonight.”

The Bulls found themselves leading the Knicks 98-90 with 3:22 left to play. A comeback seemed improbable for a team that was winless up until that point. However, even the 19-year-old rookie felt a victory was still in reach for the then-last-place squad.

“That’s a lot of time, man,” he said. “Eight down with three to play? Game isn’t over.”


In just his fourth NBA game, Barrett had 19 points, five assists, and a game-high 15 rebounds. Additionally, he shot 46.7% from the field.

The Knicks are now 1-3, with their next matchup taking place Wednesday night on the road against the Orlando Magic.

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