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Julius Randle, Knicks shake off fatigue to rout Pistons in Detroit, go above .500

Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) passes as Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Detroit. Credit: AP/Carlos Osorio

Arriving in the early hours of Sunday morning after a hard-fought win the night before, the Knicks took the court at Little Caesars Arena Sunday night and looked every bit the tired team they had to be, playing in a nearly-empty arena against an also-ran opponent.

And then in the third quarter, the wake-up call came and the Knicks suddenly looked like the sort of team that maybe doesn’t look out of place climbing through the Eastern Conference standings.