After losing three straight, the Knicks got back on track and how
The New York franchise blew out the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena 125-81, behind six players scoring in double figures led by 29 points from Julius Randle and a season-high 22 points from Reggie Bullock.
They assisted on 31 of their 43 field goals as they shot 54.4% shooting from the field and scored 26 points off the Pistons' 15 turnovers.
Giving historical context to their blowout road win, here are four stats to know.
44: Largest win since 1996
The 44-point win margin is by far the biggest win of the season, eclipsing the team's 30-point win against the Celtics in mid-January.
Historically, it's the team's largest win in 25 years.
The Knicks win tonight is their largest since Apr. 15, 1996 vs. TOR (125-79; won by 46). @EliasSports- NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) April 4, 2021
On the road, the margin of victory is the Knicks' largest since Nov. 29, 1972.
26: 2nd-largest 1st Q lead in shot-clock era
This blowout began early as the Knicks jumped to a 41-15 lead after the first 12 minutes of action.
The 26-point margin is tied for the team's second-largest first-quarter lead in the shot clock era, since 1954-55. It's four shy of their largest-ever first-quarter lead of 30 in the shot-clock era.
Knicks starters Julius Randle and Reggie Bullock combined for 34 of the team's 41 first-quarter points on a combined 12-of-17 from the field.
Bully lettin' it fly 🎯 pic.twitter.com/NQNrLJI5VP- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 4, 2021
20: Randle's red-hot first quarter
About 24 hours after just scoring 14 points in the Knicks 99-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at MSG, Randle erupted for 20 on 7-of-10 shooting from the field in the first quarter alone.
Along with his scorching start, he also recorded six rebounds and two assists (accounting for six points).
He fell one rebound shy of becoming the third player in the last 20 seasons after Karl-Anthony Towns (2x) and Kevin Love to finish with at least 20 points and seven rebounds in the first quarter of a game.
Randle, three ball, corner pocket. pic.twitter.com/R1tCqVXMOq- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 4, 2021
81: Fewest points allowed by Knicks this season
The 81 points are the Knicks' second-fewest points allowed this season and the best since 2017, once again showcasing the impact their coach Tom Thibodeau has made, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
In fact, they didn't allow a single field goal to the Pistons starters in the first quarter - the first time this has happened since March 22, 1999.
After 50 games, the Knicks' defensive rating is third-best in the league - a huge jump from their 23rd-ranked defensive rating last season. On average, the Knicks have allowed 103.9 points this season - a league-best tally and far lower than their 18th ranked average of 112.3 last season.
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