By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
PISTONS 92, KNICKS 86 | The Palace of Auburn Hills
How it happened:
Another late charge fell short for the Knicks, as they lost to the Pistons after pulling to within four points with under 30 seconds left in the game. A slow start proved too much to overcome.
The effort was there, but the execution was not for the visitors, who surrendered 50 percent shooting to Detroit before storming back from a 15-point deficit to give themselves a chance in the final minutes.
The usual suspects carried the load for New York offensively, with Andrea Bargnani scoring 11 of his 13 points in the first half and Carmelo Anthony pumping in 11 of his game-high 25 in the 4th quarter. After his hot start, Bargnani only took three shots in the second half.
With Tyson Chandler out, Coach Mike Woodson made a lineup change for the game to combat Detroit's big front line, and Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined to score 38 points with 27 rebounds.
Knick of the Night:
Bargnani. Despite his quiet second half, Bargnani continues to create great spacing with his offense for the Knicks. He shot 6-of-12 from the floor and pulled down six rebounds on the night.
There's no time to dwell on the loss, as the Knicks return home to face the Pacers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.