Five things to know from Sunday’s game
1. New York went with its usual starting five of PG Elfrid Payton, SG RJ Barrett, SF Reggie Bullock, PF Julius Randle and C Nerlens Noel. Off the bench, it fed important minutes to a pair of veterans in C Taj Gibson and PG Derrick Rose.
2. Randle recorded his second straight 30-point game and 13th overall on the season with a game-high 31. In 30 minutes, Randle shot 13 of 22 from the field, including a 4-for-9 clip on three-pointers as the Knicks raced out to a 34-24 first-quarter advantage.
3. Rose, who polished off a 10-point Knicks cushion entering the second quarter on a floater with 2.3 seconds left in the opening period, gave New York a vintage effort off the bench. He tied his season-high with 24 points, posting an efficient 8 of 11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from long range. Rose grabbed six rebounds and dished four assists in 31 minutes.
4. From the starting lineup, Barrett followed Randle as a second leading contributor. The second-year pro has posted back-to-back games with 20-plus points, following last Wednesday’s 113-94 win over the Chicago Bulls — a 22-point effort — by scoring 21 in 40 minutes. Barrett added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.
5. The Knicks did not allow a 20-point scorer for the Rockets, who shot a combined 43.0 percent and 22.9 percent from deep. New York limited Kevin Porter Jr., who dropped a career-high 50 points last Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, to 14 points on 6 of 13 shooting in 37 minutes. Christian Wood led Houston with 19 points.
The Knicks (36-28), who have won 11 of their past 12, continue a season-high six-game road trip. They face the Grizzlies (32-31) Monday at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
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