Payton delivered 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals across 28 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Timberwolves.

Payton missed nine of the Knicks' 11 games between Feb. 25 and March 21, and he had been underwhelming upon his return with averages of just 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game over his past four appearances before breaking out Wednesday. This was Payton's best scoring performance since March 4, when he finished with 20 points in a win over the Pistons, and perhaps it was just the game he needed to spark his confidence.

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