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               === New York hands Detroit fifth straight loss ===
 
 New  York,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo  Anthony poured in a game-high 34
 points  to lead  the New York Knicks  to an 89-85 win over the Detroit Pistons
 from Madison Square Garden.
 
 Andrea  Bargnani registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and
 Raymond  Felton scored 12 points for New York, which has won eight straight at
 home over Detroit.
 
 "I'm  just  glad we  showed grit," said  Felton. "Earlier on  in the season we
 would lose those types of games, but tonight we won."
 
 Josh  Smith  and Andre Drummond  each deposited double-doubles for the Pistons
 with Smith recording 21 points and 12 boards, while Drummond had 12 points and
 17 rebounds.
 
 Greg  Monroe had 19  points to go along with seven rebounds in Detroit's fifth
 consecutive loss.
 
 Anthony  led  a 22-3  charge that  started with an  alley-oop slam from Kenyon
 Martin at the 8:02 mark of the third.
 
 Martin  tied  the game at  49 apiece when  Anthony went berserk, hitting three
 straight  3s and  scoring 13 points over the span. Iman Shumpert concluded the
 run  with a  three-point play to give  the Knicks a 69-52 lead with just under
 three minutes left in the third.
 
 Detroit trailed 73-58 heading into the final quarter.
 
 Will  Bynum made two shots around a Monroe free throw to help Detroit close to
 within 10 to open the frame.
 
 Charlie  Villanueva later cut  into the lead with a jumper to pull within six,
 83-77,  with  4:37  left and  Kyle  Singler  made  it  a one  possession  game
 with a triple just over a minute later.
 
 Anthony  then rattled home a 3-pointer with 2:11 remaining to push the lead to
 86-80, but Smith responded with a 3 of his own to halve the deficit.
 
 On the ensuing Knicks possession, Brandon Jennings picked the pocket of Felton
 and  fed  Drummond, who was fouled  and split a pair  at the line to make it a
 two-point game.
 
 Felton committed another turnover on the following possession with just over a
 minute left.
 
 Drummond  gathered  a Jennings  miss and was  off the mark  on his short layup
 attempt, but Villanueva was fouled after he came down with Drummond's miss and
 made 1-of-2 from the line.
 
 The  Knicks  wilted down  the stretch to  allow Detroit back  into the game as
 Anthony was called for a charge with 27.1 ticks to go which gave the Pistons a
 shot at the lead.
 
 Smith's  jumper was  short and Felton made  1-of-2 at the line, but his second
 attempt was rebounded by Anthony with 4.9 seconds left. Anthony calmly knocked
 down both of his attempts to seal the win for New York.
 
 "It was a very good effort," said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. "(We) got down
 17 and was able to fight back. We just didn't make any shots in the end to get
 over the hump. We played hard though."
 
 New  York led 24-21  after the first quarter and both teams were tied at 41 at
 the half.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 New  York  avenged a 92-86  loss on  Nov. 19 in  Detroit ... Singler and Bynum
 finished  with 11  and  10  points, respectively,  in  the  loss ...  Jennings
 finished  with  five points on  2-for-12 shooting ... Detroit outrebounded New
 York 54-38 ... The Pistons shot 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from deep ... New York
 shot 33-of-81 (40.7 percent) from the field.
 
 01/08 01:33:55 ET

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