A strong 3rd quarter allowed the Knicks (12-22) to hold off a big Pistons (14-21) run in the 4th to the tune of 89-85.
The Knicks had a 15 point lead going into the 4th, but the Pistons brought it within 1 with under a minute to go before Melo hit some clutch free throws to seal the game.
Carmelo Anthony had 34 points off 13-for-24 shooting, including 6-for-7 from downtown.
Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Only 4 of those points came after the 1st quarter.
Raymond Felton made a solid return, scoring 12 points and dishing out 6 assists.
Iman Shumpert could not keep up his scoring pace, but delivered a well-rounded game nonetheless: 5 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals.
All Knicks starters were a + while all the Knicks reserves were a – in regards to +/-.
For the Pistons, Josh Smith had 21 points and 12 boards. Andre Drummond had 12 points and 17 rebounds.
Amit BadlaniThis should have been an easy win, but there is no such thing with this Knicks team.
The Knicks starters re-entered the game up by 10 with 7:50 left in the game, and they nearly let the game completely slip away. The team had 5 turnovers leading into the final frame, but they had 8 in the 4th. Luckily, Carmelo Anthony bailed the team out with a clutch offensive rebound and free throws to close out the final seconds.
We all knew the Knicks were going to be out-rebounded going into the game, considering Tyson Chandler was out and that the Pistons lead the league in boards. But the Knicks were -16 in rebounds, including -7 in the fourth quarter which says something about the effort the Knicks were putting out there.
The Knicks bench had only 19 points. JR Smith should have that alone. By the way, did all of you see him try to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe? He was warned by the league and had a talking to about Mike Woodson about him untying Shawn Marion’s laces the other day. I know it’s all fun and games, but he needs to focus on the game more rather than these shenanigans.
The Knicks would have lost this game to most other teams, but they were facing the poor shooting Pistons. A win is a win, I guess. However, they better go back to the way they were playing in Texas if they expect to beat Miami.
Next Game: In a national TV matchup, the Knicks host the Heat on Thursday at 8pm.