It was raining threes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon as the New York Knicks ended their two-game slide with a dominating 121-100 victory over the hapless Detroit Pistons.
The Knicks shot better than 50 percent from behind the arc (17-of-33) for 51 points, scored a season-high 64 first-half points and never relinquished the lead.
As ESPN Stats and Info notes, there isn't a team that loves shooting threes quite as much as the Knicks do:
Knicks now have 4 games since the start of last season in which they made at least 17 3-pters, hit 50% of 3-pt shots. Rest of NBA has 1— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 25, 2012
New York scored a season-high 64 first half points to take a 20 point halftime lead, but Detroit battled back in the third quarter.
A driving layup by Brandon Knight cut the Knicks lead to eight, 77-69 with three minutes remaining in the third, but the Knicks would end the quarter on a nine-to-three run putting the Pistons away for good.
Anthony led all scorers with 29 points (10-of-18 from the field, 4-of-5 from behind the arc), one of six Knicks to reach double digits. Steve Novak (18 points), Rasheed Wallace (15 points) and Tyson Chandler (10 points) all had solid games as well.
Two Knicks pulled down double-doubles: J.R. Smith (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Raymond Felton (14 points, 10 assists).
Four Pistons finished the day with double-digit scoring, who were led by Brandon Knight, who scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field.
This marks the sixth consecutive game that the Knicks have beaten the Pistons in the World's Most Famous Arena.
For the complete box score, check NBA.com.
New York improved to 9-3 on the season while Detroit fell to 3-11.
Player of the Game: Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks
This was a tough call as Anthony, Smith and Felton are all deserving of the honors.
But Felton was superb all day long, scoring 14 points (6-of-13 from the field), dishing 10 assists, pulling down five rebounds, notching two steals and not turning the ball over once.
It's another solid game from the man who has ensured that the Knicks don't miss Jeremy Lin—even a little.
Up Next For Pistons
Detroit, who has only won one road game this season, heads home for a two games, taking on the Portland Trail Blazers (6-6) on Monday and the Phoenix Suns (6-7) on Wednesday before heading back out on the road for games against the Memphis Grizzlies (9-2) on Friday and Dallas Mavericks (7-7) on Saturday.
Up Next For Knicks
New York can jump on the Subway for their first game in Brooklyn against the Nets (7-4) on Monday before getting on a plane to Milwaukee Bucks (6-5) on Wednesday. They return home for two games against the Washington Wizards (0-11) on Friday and a Sunday afternoon tilt with the Phoenix Suns (6-7).