The Knicks entered Saturday's game against the Bulls with some sour news, as guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Reggie Bullock were going to be unable to suit up and play.
Additionally, Frank Ntilinkina played despite being listed on the injury report earlier in the day with a sore groin.
But with their guards core beaten down a bit heading into what felt like a must win game for the Knicks, the bigs, including Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle, came to play, helping New York secure a 125-115 win over Chicago.
Leading the highlights of the night has to be Robinson, who, despite still coming off the bench, put up a career-high 23 points to go along with 10 boards and two blocks in 29 minutes of play. But Robinson credited his teammates for getting him the ball in good spots.
"[The Bulls] were trapping on the ball a lot, they put two on the ball so somebody's going to be open," Robinson said after the game. "If I get behind the defense, I feel like they're going to forget about me, so that's kind of what I was doing and then my teammates were looking for me, so that's basically how that went."
With their outside shooting compromised a bit without their guards at full strength, the bigs went to work in the paint, outscoring the Bulls 76-40 inside.
Randle, who finished his night with 22 points and 10 rebounds, said it had to do with how the Bulls were covering the pick and roll.
"They were putting two on the ball, our guards were making passes, getting off the ball so we could go downhill," Randle said.
In the fourth, Robinson and Randle scored seven points each as the Knicks slowly stretched out the three point lead they had coming into the quarter.
Out on the wing, the 6-foot-7 RJ Barrett had one of his most efficient games in a Knicks jersey, going 8-for-10 from the field for 19 points.
And then there was Kevin Knox. The 6-foot-7 forward had his best game in weeks, scoring 12 points -- 4-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from three points range -- and grabbing six rebounds.
Knox's father, Kevin Sr., recently spoke with Marc Berman of The Post and said he thinks his son is set to "bloom" come the end of the 2019-2020 season.
The Knicks are already out of playoff contention, but continuing to build chemistry between their young core will be important once the front office needs to decide who they'd like to keep on their roster for next season.