NBA Game Summary - New York at Detroit
(Wednesday, November 21st)
Final Score: Detroit 98, New York 86
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups recorded season-highs of 25 points and 15 assists to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 98-86 win over the New York Knicks at The Palace.
Antonio McDyess, a former Knick, returned from a three-game absence due to a left shoulder injury and added 20 points and six boards for the Pistons, who ended a two-game slide. Tayshaun Prince recorded 13 points and Richard Hamilton tallied 12 points and eight assists for Detroit, which returned from a 2-3 road trip to improve to 3-0 at home this season.
"We wanted to come out and get back on track, especially at home, against a team that had a game (Tuesday) night," said Billups. "We knew they'd probably be a little tired. They're a little beat-down mentally. We wanted to come out and attack and be aggressive, try to keep both of their big guys in pick and rolls because we knew both of them were such a tough matchup on the other end. We wanted to make them play a little defense."
Eddy Curry had 26 points and Jamal Crawford recorded 16 for the slumping Knicks, who have dropped eight in a row -- the last three by an average of 23.3 points. Zach Randolph added 13 points for New York, which fell to 0-6 on the road this season.
"We've lost all these games and that's tough," said Randolph. "We have to remember that we're a team, and we've got to stick together. That's the only way we can end this."
Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas, who led the Pistons to a pair of NBA titles as a player, received a warm welcome from the Detroit fans, something he didn't get in New York on Tuesday when the fans chanted "fire Isiah."
"We've just got to win a basketball game someway, but we haven't given ourselves a chance since Sacramento," Thomas said.
Stephon Marbury, in his second game back in the starting lineup, ended with just eight points and five assists, as the Knicks have dropped 10 straight at The Palace.
New York came out of the gate playing lackluster basketball, falling behind 36-23 after one quarter as the Pistons ended the opening stanza with an 18-4 run.
The Knicks clawed back into it, drawing within 42-41 following a David Lee dunk with 5:09 left in the first half. However, Ron Murray hit a trey next time down the floor for the Pistons to ignite a 13-4 surge that ended the half, giving Detroit a 55-45 advantage at the break.
"They (Pistons) did a nice job early, but it was a one-point game, and we let them get away in the last two minutes of the half," said Thomas. "That's a great team and you can't give them a run like that - you aren't going to be able to get it back."
Detroit pulled away in the third quarter, holding New York to just 16 points in the stanza. The Knicks were behind the Pistons by double digits for virtually the entire quarter until Randolph hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:06 remaining.
However, once again an end-of-quarter lapse cost the Knicks. This time the Pistons scored the final eight points of the frame to go into the fourth with a 78-61 cushion and Billups hit a three-pointer 2:34 into the fourth to end a 13-1 spurt for an 83-62 lead.
New York never threatened after that as the Pistons coasted to the final buzzer.
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace sat out the second half with a sore left knee. He ended with eight points...Detroit has won 10 of 12 in this series...New York's bench scored just 23 points.
11/21 23:51:07 ET