NBA Game Summary - New York at Detroit
(Saturday, January 16th)
Final Score: Detroit 94, New York 90
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points, and the Pistons won despite a huge fourth-quarter collapse, holding off the New York Knicks, 94-90, for their third consecutive victory.
The Pistons went 3-of-18 from the field in the fourth quarter and were outscored, 30-17, in the final 12 minutes. Charlie Villanueva notched 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, whose recent victory surge comes on the heels of a season-high 13-game losing streak.
Chris Wilcox ended with season-highs of 14 points and 10 boards, while Richard Hamilton scored 15 in the win. Hamilton went 5-of-18 from the field.
David Lee narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists for the Knicks, who lost for the fourth time in five contests. They'll have a chance at revenge in the back end of the home-and- home series when the Pistons visit Madison Square Garden Monday afternoon. That will mark the start of a five-game homestand for New York.
Danilo Gallinari had 27 points for the Knicks, who rallied after trailing by as many as 16 points in the last quarter, but New York faltered at the finish.
A pair of free throws from Ben Wallace extended Detroit's lead to 82-66 with 8:09 remaining, but Nate Robinson scored all 11 of his points in the last quarter to lead the Knicks' rally.
Robinson's three-ball and Gallinari's jumper from the left baseline drew the visitors within 90-87 with 48.8 seconds left.
The Knicks then got an unfortunate call. After Villanueva missed a hook shot, Robinson's bank attempt was off the mark. The ball caromed out of bounds, and at first the Knicks were awarded possession, but a replay showed the ball going off Lee with 17.9 seconds left.
Hamilton converted a pair of foul shots, but Gallinari made three from the charity stripe with 9.9 seconds to go for a 92-90 difference.
Chucky Atkins then sank two free throws, and Gallinari missed a three-ball in the waning seconds.
"We got to understand that this is the NBA and the game can change really quickly on you," Atkins said. "Teams like New York will be knocking down threes. They can score so fast that 17 or 18 points, that lead really is not big enough lead with 12 minutes to go in the game. We have to continue to play and get the game to four, five minutes and then be with a 19-point lead, then you will feel little more safe."
New York held a 24-23 edge after one quarter, but the Knicks went 4-of-21 from the field in the second and trailed 51-37 at the break. The Pistons scored 12 in a row during one stretch in the second and led by as many as 21 in the third before settling for a 77-60 cushion moving to the fourth.
"Lack of energy, lack of focus and lack of urgency," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I don't think the main guys that were playing came out with any kind of desire to win. It's too bad. We picked it up, obviously in the second half, start of the fourth quarter. We got good minutes from Jordan (Hill), which was good. We'll go from there and we'll see if we can get it done."
New York has lost 12 of its last 15 on the road to the Pistons...Atkins had 10 points...Each team shot less than 40 percent from the field...Detroit converted 19 New York turnovers into 22 points...Wallace had four blocks and needs nine more for 2,000 for his career.
01/17 00:23:36 ET