KNICKS 101 PISTONS 79 | MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
How it happened:
After a sloppy first quarter from both squads, the Knicks found some rhythm at the midpoint of the second period with a 13-2 run. At this point in the game, Carmelo Anthony was fouled hard by Tayshaun Prince and was sent to the charity stripe. Prince was then whistled for a technical foul, which preceded a falling down long bomb from Jeremy Lin. The New York offensive spurt helped the home team increase its lead from two points at the 5:57 mark to 12 heading into the locker room at half time.
Aside from Ben Gordon’s 20 points, the Pistons struggled from an offensive standpoint and only managed to shoot 36.8 percent for the game. On the opposite side, the Knicks dominated the painted area and connected on 48.7 percent of their shots.
Amar’e Stoudemire led New York with 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting while Anthony chipped in 15 points in 29 minutes.
The Knicks improved to 24-25 on the season and recorded their sixth win in seven games under interim head coach Mike Woodson.
“We came out and played great. Second quarter we did a great job of getting a lead and in the second half we just swallowed them up. It was a phenomenal win for us.” -- Amar'e Stoudemire
As mentioned, the pace of the game was a bit discombobulated but Tyson Chandler’s consistent intensity on the glass lifted the Knicks to a much needed win. Chandler registered a double-double in the first half and finished with 15 points and 17 boards in only 29 minutes of action. New York’s center continued his efficient play by shooting 5-for-8 from the floor. He also played a major role in limiting the Pistons leading scorer, Greg Monroe to just 12 points.
News and Notes:
Stoudemire dealt with some back issues tonight as it tightened late in the contest. Inside the locker room after the win, Stoudemire showed no concern and said they will monitor his back but he will definitely play on Monday night.
After an MRI, it was determined that Jared Jeffries has an inflamed right knee. The Knicks reserve big man will miss approximately two weeks.
New York outrebounded Detroit 54-30 and outscored the visiting team 52-30 inside the paint.
The Knicks will have Sunday off following the back-to-back set. On Monday night, the Bucks head to NYC for a monumental matchup that has playoff implications with both teams fighting for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.