KNICKS 113 PISTONS 86| MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
After a strenuous week filled with four road games and injuries to their star player, the Knicks took out their frustration on the visiting Pistons. In the first meeting in early January, New York destroyed Detroit by 23 points and on Tuesday night, a similar outcome was achieved in a 113-86 rout.
The Knicks were red-hot from the onset, jumping out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter by shooting 86 percent from the floor and 3-for-3 behind the arc. When the Pistons answered with a run to narrow the gap to just five points, New York reeled off a 12-5 run to take a nine-point lead.
Landry Fields was a major contributor in the first period, scoring 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor, 3-for-3 at the three-point line, and four steals on the defensive end. Back at the shooting guard position in the starting lineup, Fields mirrored his output from his rookie season.
Leading by 12 points at halftime, the hometown team built an insurmountable advantage by outscoring Detroit 24-12 in the third quarter. The Knicks fastbreak was in full effect, the ball movement was crisp, and the squad once again registered at least 50 points in the paint in the impressive victory.
Returning to the Garden for the first time in seven days, the Knicks looked rejuvenated from an offensive standpoint. Carmelo Antony also provided quite a boost in his first game back since sitting out contests in Miami and Houston. The All-Star made a statement on Tuesday night with a game-high 25 points as New York improved to 8-13 on the season.
“We had a really good practice of executing our plays, moving the ball and hitting the guys when they are open, making good passes and it obviously translated into tonight’s game.” – Tyson Chandler
Anthony struggled from the floor during the difficult stretch where he suffered from a sprained thumb, wrist, and ankle. The time off the court seemed to be exactly what Anthony needed, considering he drilled 9-of-14 shots and dished out six assists in 34 minutes of action. Anthony was back to playing his style of game with explosion off the bounce and several high-percentage shots near the rim.
Anthony, Stoudemire, Chandler, and Fields combined for 26-for-41 from the floor and 75 points.
The Knicks will return to Madison Square Garden Training Center for a practice session on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday night, New York hosts the Chicago Bulls in a highly anticipated match up against one of the premier team's in the Eastern Conference.