New York Knicks bludgeon Detroit Pistons, 125-81, on Saturday night
DETROIT (AP) — Julius Randle scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks pounded the Detroit Pistons 125-81 on Saturday night.
Randle and Reggie Bullock, who had 22 points, had four 3-pointers apiece in the first as New York put it away early. The Knicks stopped a three-game slide, returning to .500 at 25-25.
It was the largest margin of victory for the Knicks since 1996, a 125-79 win against expansion Toronto.
Randle was 1 for 7 from 3-point range during a loss to Dallas on Friday, but was 5 of 9 from deep Saturday.
RJ Barrett scored 14 points for New York, and Immanuel Quickley had 12. Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson added 11 apiece.
Jerami Grant scored 16 points for Detroit, and Hamidou Diallo had 14.
Pistons rookie Killian Hayes returned after missing 41 games with a hip injury. The No. 7 pick out of France was scoreless in 20 minutes, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists.