KNICKS 99 PISTONS 85 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
Two nights removed from the sizzling performance against the Kings, New York maintained its torrid pace in another dominating win at MSG. The Knicks captured their fifth consecutive victory by dismantling the Pistons 99-85 on Monday night.
From the opening tip, New York set the tone by establishing a 20-6 lead at the 5:02 mark of the first quarter. The Knicks continued to apply pressure on both sides of the floor and by the end of the first half, the home squad established a 21-point advantage on 50 percent shooting from the floor and the 3-point line. Meanwhile, New York stifled Detroit’s offensive attack, only allowing 32.6 percent shooting.
Carmelo Antony posted a game-high 27points, Amar’e Stoudemire was again fantastic off the bench with 20 points, and Smith chipped in16 points in 30 minutes.
New York effectively spoiled Jose Calderon’s Detroit debut as head coach Lawrence Frank placed him at the starting point guard spot next to Brandon Knight. The Pistons impressive big man Andre Drummond was also held in-check, considering he only registered two points on the night.
Oddly enough, the Knicks were outscored in the paint, on the fast break, and on second chance points. However, the team dominated the glass beyond another beastly outing from Tyson Chandler. New York’s center registered 20 rebounds for the third straight game, the first player to accomplish the feat since Kevin Love in 2011 and the first Knick since 1969 (Willis Reed).
New York ended the homestand 5-0 and improved to 31-15 on the season.
"We talked about it…we talked about not letting this game slip away. We wanted to maintain the focus and keeping the momentum and we stepped up to the challenge.” -- Carmelo Anthony
Knick of the Night:
Anthony connected on 10-of-17 shots from the floor and grabbed seven boards in the win. In 36 minutes of floor time, the All-Star dished out three assists to go along with his 27 points.
The Knicks at near full strength are finding their rhythm and regaining their deadly 3-point shooting. Pick-and-rolls, lighting quick passes around the perimeter, and the inside-out game led to a spectacular 14-of-34 effort from downtown.
The Knicks return to the practice floor on Tuesday afternoon before they make the quick trip to Washington.