New York Knicks vs. Detroit Pistons: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Despite the absence of Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks overcame the Detroit Pistons by a score of 87-77.
Although the Knicks turned the ball over 20 times, they dominated on the glass and played dominant defense in the fourth quarter. In the final frame, the Pistons were only able to muster 12 points, which was by far their lowest total for any quarter on the night.
With this win, the Knicks finish off their second straight season sweep of the Pistons. While that can't sit well with those in Detroit, they can take solace in the fact that their best player, Greg Monroe, missed the game due to injury.
The Knicks beat the Pistons for various reasons:
1) Amar'e Stoudemire compiled 22-points and nine rebounds while posting a plus/minus differential of plus-12.
When the Knicks missed Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e was there to make something happen singlehandedly. Although he came off the bench, Stoudemire was the Knicks' best player, as he didn't hur the team at all.
2) The Knicks out rebounded the Pistons 48-36 in the game, which made up for the 20 turnovers they committed. While 10 of those turnovers came in the first quarter, New York is lucky to have won while making so many mistakes.
Tyson Chandler had a game high 11-rebounds, while Amar'e had nine and Felton hauled in six boards. This was a good game on the glass for the Knicks and it played a big role in the victory. \
3) The main factor in the Knicks' victory was their defense, as they held the Pistons to just 77 points.
Even more impressive, the Knicks held Detroit to just 12 points in the fourth quarter. Entering the final frame, the game was tied at 69.
12 minutes of play later, Mike Woodson's team walked off the court with their 37th win due to lockdown defense in clutch moments.
The Knicks have defeated the Pistons 87-77 to complete the series sweep. The Pistons did not go away in this contest but didn't have the offense to compete with the Knicks without Greg Monroe inside.
Knicks 87 Pistons 77- Final
A Brandon Knight turnover gives the Knicks the ball with an 11-point lead, things aren't looking good for the hometown Detroit Pistons.
After that, Felton hit another three to give the Knicks a 14-point lead. You can kiss this game goodbye Pistons fans, as Detroit collapsed in the fourth.
Pistons 87 Pistons 75 1:20 4th Quarter
Maxiell and Jerebko have been solid tonight, combining to convert on 11-of-18 shot attempts for 24 points and 11 rebounds.
OK, that's better New York. Had me worried for a minute.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 7, 2013
Looks like the Knicks should pull this one on the road sans Melo.
The Pistons had a hard time on the glass last time on the defensive end, as the Knicks hauled in two rebounds and were able to kill more clock late in the final frame.
Knicks 84 Pistons 73 2:54 Fourth Quarter
With a six-point lead, JR Smith strips Rodney Stuckey to give the Knicks the ball. On that possession, Smith sunk a triple to give the Knicks a nine-point lead.
JR is at 20 points now, as he has played very well in the fourth quarter in Carmelo Anthony's absence.
Knicks 84 Pistons 73 3:48 3rd Quarter
The Knicks are out-rebounding the Pistons 43-29 but are losing the turnover battle 19-14.
After a Raymond Felton basket and a JR Smith three, the Knicks lead by three with under six minutes remaining.
Knicks 76 Pistons 73 5:30 4th Quarter
Kyle Singler converts on a circus style shot to make it a two-point game, although Will Bynum deserves credit for ending the Knicks 16-0 run.
Knicks 71 Pistons 69
After that JR Smith trifecta, the Knicks are on a 16-0 run. Things have gone from great to horrible for the Pistons, who are not playing aggressively on either side of the floor.
If Detroit cannot turn this skid around soon, New York may be able to run away with this game.
Knicks 71 Pistons 65 8:20 4th Quarter
The Pistons only have four offensive rebounds at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which speaks to their lack of size inside without Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Amar'e Stoudemire found his way to the line after being fouled inside the paint but only converted on one of his two attempts from the charity stripe. Thus, the quarter's first lead change has occurred.
Knicks 66 Pistons 65 10:30 4th Quarter
Despite Felton's third quarter heroics, he has accumulated seven turnovers thus far.
Uh-oh, Felton's back at it again. The Knicks point guard hits another three to tie the game up at 65 heading into the fourth quarter.
If I were you, I wouldn't be going anywhere as the final stanza of this game promises to be exciting until the last buzzer.
This game is all knotted up at 65!
Raymond Felton has scored five points in a row for the Knicks, as he has aided in New York's eight-point run.
This game has been one of runs thus far, as the Knicks three-point shooting helped them overcome a double-digit lead in a matter of minutes.
Knicks 63 Pistons 65 58 seconds 2nd Quarter
Back-to-back 3s by Knicks cut 10-point Pistons lead to 4. BK with 11 this quarter and 17 for the game. Calderon now with 14 assists.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) March 7, 2013
Calderon is seeing the whole court tonight, as he has dished out 14 assists with time still left in the third quarter.
Knicks 61 Pistons 65 1:53 3rd Quarter
After hitting a three-pointer, JR Smith is 4-15 from the field in this game. The three was Smith's first conversion from behind the arc on five tries.
Like most shooters, Smith is far better when he gets to set his feet and has a clear view of the basket.
This one is starting to get away from the Knicks, who are being outplayed on both ends of the court.
Fortunately for the Knicks, Raymond Felton caught an extra pass and hit an open three to close the gap a little.
Knicks 55 Pistons 62 2:55 2nd Quarter
The Knicks are struggling to score points in the third quarter, as they have only scored six points in 7:35 of game time. Without Carmelo Anthony, New York has struggled to find open looks.
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