Notebook: Sheed boosts Knicks in return

Turns out, Rasheed Wallace's foot was just fine.

Wallace returned to the floor Sunday after sitting out Friday's loss to the Rockets with a sore left foot and scored 15 points in 22 minutes in the Knicks' win over Detroit.

Wallace hit three threes and added a steal and a blocked shot as the Knicks improved to 5-0 at home.

He shared the floor with Marcus Camby for four minutes in the second quarter. Camby did not play in the Knicks last two games -- both losses -- because of his conditioning, according to Mike Woodson.

Woodson said the Camby-Wallace pairing is something the Knicks may use more frequently later in the season.

"We'll eventually get to that as the season goes on. I'm still trying to learn our personnel, their trying to learn me as a coach, learn each other as players," the coach said.

IMPROVED 'D': The Knicks had been horrendous in the past two games on defense, giving up an average of 122.5 points in losses to the Mavs and Rockets. They couldn't keep the Pistons under 100 points, but certainly gave a better effort on defense Sunday.

New Yorked forced 20 Pistons turnovers and converted them to 33 points in the 21-point win.

They also held their own on the boards against a big Detroit front line, outrebounding the Pistons, 38-37.

"It was a lot better than (the way) we played on the road in our last two outings with Dallas and Houston. I thought we were committed," Woodson said. "... We just kind of had a lapse those two games, I would like to think, and tonight was a lot better."

BENCH BRINGIN' IT: The Knicks got several strong performances from their bench, which produced 57 points. J.R. Smith had 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds, attacking the rim instead of settling for jump shots, to produce his first double double of the year.

Wallace had 15 and Steve Novak broke out of a long funk with 18 points (five 3 pointers). The Knicks bench outscored Detroit's reserves by 17 (58-41).

RAY'S DAY: Ray Felton had another strong game for New York, finishing with 14 points (6-for-14) and a team-high 10 assists. In 66 games with the Knicks, he leads the team in assists (61 times).

"Raymond is playing at a high level," Jason Kidd (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) said. "He sets the table for everybody. Our job is just to help him make the game as easy as possible." .... The Knicks are 17-1 at Madison Square Garden in regular season games under Woodson.... The Knicks went 28-for-31 from the free-throw line. Their 28 makes were a season-high.