NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 16th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (16-23) at Detroit Pistons (13-25), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons hope to stay on track when they welcome the New York Knicks to The Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night.
Detroit has won back-to-back games since a season-high 13-game losing streak and is coming off Friday's 110-104 overtime victory at home versus the New Orleans Hornets. Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 32 points and dished out 10 assists for the Pistons, who are last in the Central standings and 9-9 as the host this season.
"I was trying to get as much rest in that fourth quarter as possible," said Hamilton. "The lead kept dwindling down. They almost tied the game. Hopefully, we'll come out tomorrow with the same energy we did tonight."
Ben Wallace finished with 13 points and 21 rebounds, while Jonas Jerebko, Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva scored 13 points apiece for Detroit, which snapped a five-game losing streak at home.
Pistons guards Will Bynum (ankle) and Ben Gordon (groin) and forward Tayshaun Prince (knee) all missed Friday's game and are questionable for tonight.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost three of four games following a three-game winning streak and suffered a 112-104 setback versus the Toronto Raptors last night at Madison Square Garden.
Al Harrington totaled 31 points and David Lee finished with 25 points and 14 boards for New York, which will try to improve its 7-12 road record Saturday against the Pistons.
"It was a tough first (half) but I thought we outplayed them from that point on," Lee said after the tough loss.
New York defeated Detroit, 104-87, on December 29 this season at The Palace and has won two in a row as the guest in this series.
01/16 10:39:24 ET