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                   === Stuckey helps Pistons down Knicks ===
 
 Auburn  Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Rodney Stuckey helped the Pistons pull
 away from the Knicks in the second half, scoring 15 of his 21 points after the
 break as Detroit earned a 92-86 victory in a battle of struggling clubs.
 
 Both  teams came in with disappointing 3-6 records, and it stayed close before
 Stuckey sparked the Pistons to just their second win in the past seven games.
 
 Josh  Smith donated 19 points while Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each posted
 double-doubles  in the  victory, Detroit's  first in  its last  eight meetings
 against the Knicks.
 
 Carmelo  Anthony paced the Knicks once again with a 25-point effort but shot a
 pedestrian 8-of-20 from the floor and committed seven turnovers.
 
 "We have to figure it out quick," Anthony said of the team's slow start. "It's
 hard to take anything positive out of the way we've been playing."
 
 J.R. Smith put in 18 points off the bench in New York's third straight loss.
 
 The  Knicks trailed  by as many as  15 in the fourth quarter but pulled within
 five down the stretch after two Anthony free throws made it an 87-82 game with
 under two minutes on the clock.
 
 Anthony  had a chance  to make it a one-possession game the next time down and
 missed  a 3-point try, and Stuckey drew two defenders on a drive into the lane
 before dishing to Josh Smith for an easy layup with 1:04 remaining.
 
 The Pistons made enough free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
 
 There  were 11 ties  and six lead changes in an evenly-matched first half that
 saw neither team lead by more than six.
 
 It  was 43-43 at  the break and remained tight until the Pistons began pulling
 away  late  in the  third quarter. Josh  Smith and Kyle  Singler both hit from
 behind  the  arc during  a 7-0  run that  pushed Detroit's  lead to 62-54, and
 Stuckey  scored  seven points  in the  final 1:55  to send  the hosts into the
 fourth with a 71-63 lead.
 
 Stuckey  continued with the hot hand to open the fourth, scoring five straight
 points  before  feeding Drummond for  a dunk and  a 78-63 Pistons cushion with
 less than 10 minutes to play.
 
 "I just tried to get myself going and get my teammates going as well." Stuckey
 said.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Knicks were using their fifth different starting lineup this season. Beno
 Udrih  started  in place of injured  point guard Raymond Felton (hip) and went
 scoreless  in 18-plus  minutes ...  Monroe finished  with 16  points, Drummond
 added  13 and  both grabbed 11 rebounds  ... The Knicks had just two fastbreak
 points.
 
 
 
 
 11/19 23:59:31 ET

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