After a challenging game without Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle’s plea for his teammate’s return was answered as the New York Knicks (24-17) displayed a transformed performance, securing a 109-94 win over the Houston Rockets (19-21).

Randle led with 31 points, while Brunson, returning from a two-game absence, added 30.

OG Anunoby contributed 15 points to the Knicks’ victory. Josh Hart had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Fred VanVleet led the Rockets with 24 points and 12 assists, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Knicks’ balanced attack.