“Nobody should be surprised, RJ Barrett is going to be the face of the Knicks”: Jimmy Butler lauds the Maple Mamba after erupting for a career-high 46-point performance

RJ Barrett had an incredible career-high 46-point performance in the Knicks’ 115-100 loss against the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat managed to grab a comfortable 15-point win against the New York Knicks. Behind Tyler Herro’s 25-point performance, Erik Spoelstra’s boys won their 2nd straight game, putting them back in the top-most position of the Eastern Conference.

It was a bittersweet game for RJ Barrett. The NYK youngster had the best performance of his young career, erupting for 46 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, and dishing out 2 assists while shooting 59% from the field and drilling 6 three-pointers. The former Duke Blue Devil’s 46-point explosion makes it the most number of points scored in a single game by a Knick since Carmelo Anthony (62 points) in 2014.

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Talking about his performance after the game, the 21-year-old said:

”When you have a night like that, of course, you want to have a win, which is the most important thing.”

“I had terrible turnovers. I don’t know what I was doing.”

“You can see, RJ Barrett wants to take his team to another level”: Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat players were in awe of the Canadian’s outing. Complimenting the southpaw for his career-best performance, Jimmy Butler said:

“I don’t think anybody is surprised or should be surprised. He’s gonna definitely be playing in this league for a long time and he’s going to be the face of the Knicks”

Bam Adebayo too spoke highly of RJ:

“Confidence. You can see it in his body language, you can see it in his face. He wants to be – him. He wants to be that guy. You can see, he wants to take his team to another level.”

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Barrett has been phenomenal so far in the month of February. In the 5 games, he’s played so far, 29.2 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. Despite his success this season, the Knicks have been struggling, sitting at the 12th position in the East with a poor 25-35 record.

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