This afternoon at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (9-3) defeated the Detroit Pistons (3-11) by the score of 121-100. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 29 points on 10-18 shooting which included 4-5 from three and hitting his first six shots of the game.
Steve Novak scored in double figures for only the second time this season with 18 points with five of the Knicks 17 three pointers.
Brandon Knight led the Pistons in scoring with 21 points on 8-13 shooting
The Knicks bench outscored the Pistons bench 57-41 as Novak, Rasheed Wallace and J.R. Smith combined for 48 points.
The Knicks have scored 111, 104 and 121 points the past three games for an average of 112 points.
The Knicks are now 5-0 at Madison Square Garden, 6-0 overall against the Eastern Conference and have won six in a row at home against the Pistons
Just another Sunday stroll for the Knicks this afternoon as the they steamroll the Detroit Pistons to get back on track and stop a modest two game losing streak. After the poor performances the last two games, the Knicks defense played solidly, the effort was evident all game long and they once again took a bad team and put them away early.
Carmelo Anthony once again had a monster first quarter to help the Knicks race out of the gate and put the Pistons down double digits early. He was hitting everything it seemed and most shots weren’t even touching the rim. He was money from three, attacked the rim and the Pistons had very few answers for him throughout the afternoon. He did have six turnovers and has struggled with that as that was more than half of the Knicks 11 total. In terms of the issue of him getting fouled and not getting calls, I think it was happening again and he did only have five FT’s but thanks to this win, it will be a footnote, for now.
J.R. Smith’s shooting is not getting any better the past few games but the hustle, effort and energy did not lack today at all. He led the team in rebounds with 10 to go along with five assists and was money from the free throw line going 8-8. The last Knicks player to accomplish that line of 15-10-5 off the bench was Larry Hughes. It seemed like he was all over the court making plays and just showing his teammates that his shooting woes were not going to affect the other parts of his game. It was nice to see Smith also create chances for him to get to the line time and time again and make the Pistons pay by not missing. ‘
Welcome back Steve Novak. Novak had been struggling big time this season since his great opening night against Miami and tonight the discount double check was back and so was his shot. Novak had five three pointers and actually made a couple of nice defensive plays as well. The more he improves on defense and doesn’t rush his shot as much as he was earlier in the season, he will get more playing time and be the kind of player we expected him to be coming into the season.
Mike Woodson went with a big lineup off the bench as both Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby played at the same time. The bench as a whole was key to the Knicks victory as they put up 57 points and didn’t allow the Pistons back into the game. Wallace had three, three pointers for 15 points and Camby in about five minutes did pull down three rebounds. As Camby gets back into playing shape, his rebounding ability will be key off the bench for the Knicks.
The Pistons are just not a good basketball team. They have a future with Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond but Lawrence Frank is going to need time and patience before this franchise returns to the glory it had in the Mid 2000’s.
A good win for the Knicks over a bad team and will now have two games on the “road” (we all know Brooklyn is really a home game) that will be tough against the Nets and the Brandon Jennings led Bucks. The Knicks are showing that they don’t and won’t allow losing streaks to get out of hand since Mike Woodson took over and they will look to start another winning streak tomorrow.
Coming up next, the Knicks will head across the Brooklyn Bridge for their first trip to Barclays Center on Monday night as they take on the Brooklyn Nets, at 7:00 PM. The game will be on TNT and is the makeup from the canceled opener earlier this month because of Hurricane Sandy.