The Knicks got back on track in Sunday's 96-84 win over the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) Julius Randle came to life in the second half, tying for a game-high 22 points with a big chunk coming via the third and fourth quarters. The power forward added a game-high 12 rebounds, going 7 for 15 from the floor and making 2 of 3 three-pointers in 32-plus minutes.
2) Off the bench, center Mitchell Robinson gave the Knicks a much-needed boost, packing a punch with a double-double outing of his own. He notched 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and made all four free throws, grabbing 11 rebounds to follow Randle in 27-plus minutes.
3) Fueled by Randle and Robinson, the Knicks bullied the Pistons in the paint, grabbing a 51-35 advantage on the glass. Mitchell's play earned more minutes over starting center Taj Gibson, who scored two points and collected three rebounds in 16-plus minutes.
4) With the start at point guard, Elfrid Payton paced the Knicks in the first half until Randle got going later on. Payton pushed the Knicks to their 49-47 lead before they pulled away in the second half, ultimately scoring 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with five rebounds and six assists through 30-plus minutes and complementing Randle down the stretch.
5) The Knicks' defense held an oppontent to fewer than 100 points for the first time since New York's last game against the Pistons, a 95-92 win at Detroit. Eighty-four points were the fewest allowed since Dec. 26, when the Knicks dominated defensively for a season-best output in a 94-82 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Forward Christian Wood led the Pistons with 22 points, tying Randle's game-high number.
The Knicks hit the road for the first of three East Coast games with Tuesday's 7 p.m. tip-off against the Wizards (23-40) at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.