On Monday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (31-15) defeated the Detroit Pistons (18-31), by the score of 99-85. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 27 points on 10-17 shooting from the field.
Tyson Chandler became the first Knick since Willis Reed in the 1969-1970 season to have three straight games with 20 rebounds.
Amar’e Stoudemire continued his strong play scoring 20 points on 7-13 shooting off the bench. He added three rebounds, two steals and one block.
The Pistons were led in scoring by new addition Jose Calderon who had 15 points and three assists. Greg Monroe had a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
J.R. Smith scored 16 points off the bench with four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
The Knicks turned the ball over 15 times tonight and have averaged 16 turnovers the past two games.
The Knicks out-rebounded the Pistons 46-42.
The Knicks hit 14 three pointers while the Pistons only attempted 13 three pointers
This is now the 6th straight win for the Knicks over the Pistons and 10th time they have defeated the Pistons in their last 11 games.
Sometimes you just have a teams number and this season the Knicks most certainly have the Pistons number.
I had the pleasure of being at the Garden to watch tonight’s game and this one was truly never in doubt. The Knicks, prone to slow starts on this home stand got off to a…fast start! (Hallelujah) and never looked back against a Pistons team that is just flat out bad.
Melo got back to his scoring ways with 27, Amar’e broke out the dream shake while scoring 20 points and Tyson Chandler continues to get rebound after rebound.
I never thought I would see or hear this, but when Tyson got his 20th rebound, he got the loudest ovation of the game. That was pretty nice.
The Knicks, like I mentioned last post game are taking full advantage of their soft schedule and are now 16 games over .500 this late in the season for the first time since the 1990’s.
To have a perfect home stand after their putrid performance against the 76ers over a week ago was great to see and now the Knicks continue to put pressure on the Heat and gain a bigger lead in the Atlantic Division.
Coming up next the Knicks will go for their sixth win in a row as they head on the road to our Nations Capital and get a chance once again pad their record as they will take on John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards. The game is on Wednesday at 7:00 pm and can be seen on MSG.