NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New York
(Friday, March 17th)
Final Score: New York 105, Detroit 103
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jamal Crawford's pull-up jumper over Chauncey Billups with 2.2 seconds left lifted the lowly New York Knicks over the NBA's top team the Detroit Pistons, 105-103, at Madison Square Garden.
Crawford ended with 18 points for the Knicks, who overcame a 16-point deficit to win their second straight contest. Eddy Curry added 16 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which celebrated its biggest win of the season in green uniforms that were donned in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Billups ended with 24 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Former Knick Antonio McDyess had 18 points, but missed a pair of free throws with .7 seconds left that would have tied the game.
With Detroit leading 101-99 after a Billups bucket with 41 seconds left, Crawford gave the Knick the lead next time down the floor when he converted a three-point play.
Billups then missed a three-pointer from the left corner with 19 seconds on the clock and Reggie Evans fouled Curry on the rebound. Curry hit 1-of-2 from the line to increase the lead to two points, 103-101.
Tayshaun Prince was then fouled by Jalen Rose and drained both from the line with 13.6 seconds remaining, but Crawford again had an answer.
The guard let the clock run down, drove to the left of the lane and pulled up to drain the game-winning jumper with 2.2 seconds left.
The game, however, was not over. Detroit called a time out to inbound the ball on the other side of half court. On the initial inbound pass, Stephon Marbury knocked the ball out of bounds and the Pistons called another time out. This time, McDyess got the ball at the right elbow and pulled up for a jumper that bounced out.
However, official Bennett Salvatore ruled that Malik Rose fouled McDyess, giving the former Knick two shots with .7 seconds left. McDyess missed the first and then intentionally missed the second, but Jerome James came down with the board and the Knicks escaped with the win.
"I kind of got Chauncey with the cross over early," said Crawford. "So I wanted to keep going straight without hesitating. My teammates did a great job of setting me up and coach drew up a great play. They did a great job of getting me open and I had the easy part of knocking down the shot."
New York shot a season-best 56.9 percent from the floor, giving head coach Larry Brown his first win against his former club. The Knicks had lost the previous two meetings against the Pistons this season. It was also New York's first win against Detroit since February 17, 2004.
"It's up there," said Crawford of where the win ranks. "For this coaching staff, coming from Detroit, they tried to look at it like any other game, buy we knew there was history there and it was a big game for us.
"It felt like a playoff atmosphere. They were standing up the last two minutes of the game it really felt good."
Down 51-35 after Tony Delk drained a three-pointer a little more than midway through the second quarter, the Knicks began to get back into the game by ending the first half with a 14-5 run to go into halftime down just 56-49.
New York continued to carry momentum in the third quarter, taking its first lead since the early going when Curry drained a bucket just over three minutes into the stanza, 57-56.
After Detroit briefly regained the lead, 58-57, the Knicks opened a 63-60 edge with Curry hitting 1-of-2 free throws at the midway point.
Jalen Rose later increased the lead to six points, 69-63 with a free throw with 4:22 left.
The Pistons rallied to go into the fourth tied at 73-73.
The game remained close throughout the fourth with the Knicks' largest lead being five points, 90-85, with 5:39 left.
"It went kind of down hill," said Billups. "They got some confidence going and got back into the game. They came out victorious."
The Knicks improved to 2-1 on their current five-game homestand...The Knicks also improved to 13-19 at home this season...Detroit fell to 23-11 on the road...Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace was ejected in the third quarter for arguing with the officials. Wallace exited with 12 points. Hamilton had 10...Prince had 15 points...Steve Francis had 15 points...Marbury, Malik Rose and Jalen Rose each tallied 12...Malik Rose also had 11 boards.
03/17 23:30:44 ET