Tom Thibodeau: “Julius [Randle] set the tone for us”

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Julius Randle scored 42 points and 15 rebounds as the New York Knicks extended their winning streak against the Detroit Pistons to 11 games with a 117-104 victory on Sunday.

“I thought Julius set the tone for us,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Getting ready to play, I knew how well [the Pistons] had been playing, and sometimes that’s hard to get across. 

“But I thought Julius helped set the tone for being ready. And I think getting that lead early, we needed all of it, being ready to play. And then whenever we needed a big bucket, he stepped up and delivered. But his defense, so many things, the rebounding is just huge. He got every big rebound down the stretch and he had some tough covers. He’s all over the place. He’s on the perimeter guarding guards and everything else. So I thought he was terrific.”



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