KNICKS 87 PISTONS 77 | THE PALACE AT AUBURN HILLS
How it happened:
In a tricky trap game with a matchup against the Thunder looming on Thursday night, the Knicks took care of business in Detroit by defeating the Pistons 87-77.
Carmelo Anthony did not suit up for the game due to sore right knee that forced him to leave the second quarter of Monday’s contest in Cleveland.
Entering the fourth quarter both teams were locked in a tie game at 65-65. New York blitzed Detroit in the final period by outscoring the home squad 22-12 as J.R. Smith and Raymond combined for 18 points to snatch its second consecutive victory.
The Knicks 12 3-pointers helped them survive the road game without their leading scorer in the lineup. Detroit was also missing two big men, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
Early in the contest, Amar’e Stoudemire dominated with 17 of his 22 points in just 11 minutes of action. At one point during the second quarter, New York was rolling with a 13-point lead.
Detroit fought back in the third frame on an 18-4 run to start the period, which placed New York in the hole, down eight points. Jonas Jerebko was the catalyst in the spurt, considering he scored seven points in the quarter.
New York found a way to muster enough offensive fire power behind Felton’s 26 points and Smith’s 20 off the pine. The Knicks improved to 37-21 on the season and are now back in second place in the latest Eastern Conference standings.
Knick of the Night:
Felton caught fire in the fourth period with 19 of his 26 points. The point guard finished 10-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-5 behind the arc, grabbed six boards, and dished out four assists.
The Knicks hit five treys in the fourth quarter to topple the Pistons on the road.
The Knicks finished a successful road trip and will now head back to New York for a quick turnaround on Thursday night. The squad welcomes the defending Western Conference champs, Oklahoma City for its lone trip to the Garden this season.