NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New York
(Sunday, January 13th)
Final Score: New York 89, Detroit 65
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds and the Knicks used a stifling defense to surprise the Detroit Pistons, 89-65, at Madison Square Garden.
The Pistons were one point from a franchise-low, last set March 13, 2005 in a 64-62 home win against Utah. Antonio McDyess had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit, which shot 30.7 percent from the field and had its two-game winning streak broken.
The Knicks won just a day after reports surfaced the Knicks could remove head coach Isiah Thomas before the end of the season. A day later, he engineered the Knicks to a big win against a team he spent his entire playing career with.
"We moved the ball real well and got open shots," Randolph said. "That's what we need to do to win, get our defense to make some stops and move the ball on offense."
Jamal Crawford had all of his 15 points in the third quarter and Nate Robinson finished with 13 for the Knicks, who shot just 5-of-20 from three-point range. However, they had just seven turnovers and outscored the Pistons, 28-10, in the third quarter, opening a 29-point margin going into the fourth.
The Knicks were able to limit the duo of Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton to a total of three points on 1-of-17 shooting. They came into the game averaging a combined 26.5 points.
New York snapped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in 11 contests.
Chauncey Billups had 14 points for the Pistons.
"We couldn't hit a shot," Billups said. "We couldn't stop them from hitting shots and that's a deadly combination. We couldn't throw the rock in the ocean tonight."
The Pistons were pushed to overtime in a 103-100 win at Charlotte on Saturday, but faltered after entering the second quarter at 18-18. Seven straight Knick points moved their advantage to 33-23 with 4:36 left in the second, as Jared Jeffries capped the run with four straight points.
Robinson made three free throws at the end of the half for a 43-32 margin, and the Knicks turned it on in the third with a 14-2 run. Crawford hit three consecutive shots from beyond the arc during the flurry, and his three-point play culminated the spurt, moving the lead to 64-38 with 3:31 left in the third.
"Tonight we caught Detroit at the end of a road trip and in back-to-back games," New York's David Lee said. "We knew they were going to be a little worn out tonight. We just had to come out and play our game."
It was 71-42 going into the fourth and the only question coming down the stretch was if the Pistons would set a team record for fewest points. They averted that when Amir Johnson converted a three-point play with 13 seconds left.
"You really don't want to make that excuse," Hamilton said of playing back-to- back nights. "They made plays, they hit shots. It's tough getting blown out when the opposite team scores only 80-something points."
Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury missed the game due to a sore left ankle...Detroit was 2-of-15 from three-point range...The home team has won six of the last seven meetings...The Knicks beat the Pistons for just the third time in the last 13 encounters...This marked the conclusion of a 2-2 road trip for the Pistons...The Knicks had their fewest turnovers in a game this season...For the final five minutes of the game, the Knicks played all five of their first-round picks over the past three years - Renaldo Balkman, Robinson, Lee, Wilson Chandler and Mardy Collins.
01/13 23:37:10 ET