When brought together, the trio of Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire was supposed to be the New York Knicks' answer to the Heat's Big Three. On Thursday, the Knicks showed just how dominant they can be when all three players are firing on all cylinders.
Spurred by their trio of stars and a dominant first-quarter performance, the Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 102-87, at the O2 Arena in London for their second straight victory.
As he's been prone to do all season long, Anthony filled the bucket early and often for New York. He scored 11 of his 26 points in the first 12 minutes, as the Knicks roared out to a 29-17 lead in the first quarter.
That double-digit lead was one the Knicks held for most of the contest, as the Pistons tried (but failed) to battle back into contention. In particular, point guard Will Bynum did his absolute best to make the game close. Bynum finished with a team-high 22 points off the bench and helped atone for a mostly listless performance from Detroit's starters.
However, New York just had too much firepower on Thursday. Helping Anthony keep the Pistons at bay was the duo of Stoudemire and Chandler, both of whom looked to be in playoff form. Stoudemire dominated on the offensive interior, going to the free-throw line 12 times en route to a season-high 17 points.
Chandler, meanwhile, dominated on the glass. He pulled down 14 rebounds in only 30 minutes of play and frustrated Greg Monroe throughout the contest.
From start to finish, Thursday was proof positive of New York's potential when all three stars are playing up to their All-Star caliber.
Player of the Game: Carmelo Anthony
Truth be told, there was little separation between Anthony, Chandler and Stoudemire for this award. 'Melo gets the honors by the sheer volume of his scoring prowess, but it's very conceivable that any of the Knicks big men could have done the same had they stayed on the floor longer.
Thursday's game was pure domination from start to finish, and Anthony was just slightly the most dominant player for his team.
What's Next for the Knicks?
The 25-13 Knicks will get a nice weekend of rest and relaxation before taking on the rival Brooklyn Nets in a Monday afternoon clash.
What's Next for the Pistons?
Also getting a nice break, the 14-25 Pistons are off Friday and Saturday before taking on the Boston Celtics at home Sunday night.