New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons: Postgame Grades and Analysis for New York

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New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons: Postgame Grades and Analysis for New York
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Cheerio, guv! The New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons took a vacation to foggy London town, and they decided to get a basketball game in at the O2 Arena, site of the 2012 Olympic basketball games.

On Thursday night (or afternoon for those back in the U.S.), the Knicks got the victory, 102-87.

It was a cracking game, and the Knicks were really ace. Their offense looked absolutely brill at times. Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire had clearly been eating their steak-and-kidney pie, and Will Bynum's play off the bench for Detroit was more delicious than a Yorkshire pudding.

Okay, that's enough of the Brit speak.

Unfortunately for the Pistons, this counted as a home game for them. And why not? England is only 3,750 miles from Michigan.

Detroit trailed by as much as 18 points early in the third quarter, but they trimmed the deficit to just four points only five minutes later. It was an exciting game, but the Knicks had too much quality for the Pistons to overcome.

The Knicks came into the contest just a game out of first place in the East, but they had dropped six of their last 10 games. They are ailing without Raymond Felton and Marcus Camby. Rasheed Wallace could also be done for the year (per Ian Begley of ESPN New York).

But they welcomed back their sensational shooting guard, Iman Shumpert, for the first time this season, and they are delighted to have more depth in their backcourt as well as his lockdown defense.

The Pistons came into the game with a 14-24 record and tied with the Orlando Magic for 10th place in the East. They play pretty good defense, but they lack a top-notch scorer. They have some nice players, especially Greg Monroe, but they are still learning how to play together.

Detroit is just 4-14 away from the Palace of Auburn Hills, and it's hard to get much further away from there than England.

Thursday night, the Pistons looked jet lagged and they couldn't handle the Knicks aside from one run in the third quarter. Let's fill out the Knicks' report cards for this one.

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