NBA Game Summary - New York at Detroit|
(Tuesday, November 19th)
Final Score: Detroit 92, New York 86
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rodney Stuckey helped the Pistons pull
away from the Knicks in the second half, scoring 15 of his 21 points after the
break as Detroit earned a 92-86 victory in a battle of struggling clubs.
Both teams came in with disappointing 3-6 records, and it stayed close before
Stuckey sparked the Pistons to just their second win in the past seven games.
Josh Smith donated 19 points while Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each posted
double-doubles in the victory, Detroit's first in its last eight meetings
against the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks once again with a 25-point effort but shot a
pedestrian 8-of-20 from the floor and committed seven turnovers.
"We have to figure it out quick," Anthony said of the team's slow start. "It's
hard to take anything positive out of the way we've been playing."
J.R. Smith put in 18 points off the bench in New York's third straight loss.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter but pulled within
five down the stretch after two Anthony free throws made it an 87-82 game with
under two minutes on the clock.
Anthony had a chance to make it a one-possession game the next time down and
missed a 3-point try, and Stuckey drew two defenders on a drive into the lane
before dishing to Josh Smith for an easy layup with 1:04 remaining.
The Pistons made enough free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
There were 11 ties and six lead changes in an evenly-matched first half that
saw neither team lead by more than six.
It was 43-43 at the break and remained tight until the Pistons began pulling
away late in the third quarter. Josh Smith and Kyle Singler both hit from
behind the arc during a 7-0 run that pushed Detroit's lead to 62-54, and
Stuckey scored seven points in the final 1:55 to send the hosts into the
fourth with a 71-63 lead.
Stuckey continued with the hot hand to open the fourth, scoring five straight
points before feeding Drummond for a dunk and a 78-63 Pistons cushion with
less than 10 minutes to play.
"I just tried to get myself going and get my teammates going as well." Stuckey
The Knicks were using their fifth different starting lineup this season. Beno
Udrih started in place of injured point guard Raymond Felton (hip) and went
scoreless in 18-plus minutes ... Monroe finished with 16 points, Drummond
added 13 and both grabbed 11 rebounds ... The Knicks had just two fastbreak
11/19 23:58:55 ET