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                  === Knicks top Pistons in London special ===
 
 London,  England (Sports  Network) -  Carmelo  Anthony scored  a game-high  26
 points  and J.R. Smith  netted 16 points, six rebounds and four assists as the
 New  York  Knicks outlasted  the Detroit  Pistons, 102-87, at  the O2 Arena in
 London.
 
 Amar'e  Stoudemire contributed 17 points and Steve Novak added 13 points on 3-
 of-6 shooting from 3-point range for the Knicks, who have now won two straight
 games after a three-game skid last week.
 
 Will  Bynum led Detroit with 22 points - 18 of which came in the second half -
 on  10-of-16  shooting from the  field. Kyle  Singler registered 15 points and
 four assists for the Pistons, who have lost two straight.
 
 After  opening up action in the third quarter on a 9-6 run capped by a monster
 slam by Tyson Chandler, the Knicks led by 18 points at 65-47. However, Detroit
 scraped its way back.
 
 Some  stellar defense and the play of Bynum and Greg Monroe sparked a 16-2 run
 that allowed the Pistons to get all the way back within four, 67-63, with just
 over  two minutes left  in the third quarter. They outscored New York 22-19 in
 the period, but still trailed by a 75-63 score entering the fourth.
 
 The  Knicks were  still up  12  with just  under five  minutes remaining,  and
 another Chandler dunk followed by a Novak 3-pointer gave New York a 92-75 lead
 and enough of a cushion to come away with a victory.
 
 Anthony's  20-foot jumper as the shot clock wound down with 1:43 remaining put
 the finishing touches on the win -- and the trip to London, for that matter --
 by extending New York's lead to 19.
 
 "Defensively,  we've  been playing well," Stoudemire said. "Offensively, we're
 playing  pretty good  there as  well.  If we  just  keep going  where we  are,
 continue to improve, we'll be in good shape."
 
 Detroit  scored first  with two Tayshaun Prince free throws, but that would be
 the  only lead  it would have all  game long. The Knicks responded with a 16-0
 run, capped off by a Iman Shumpert 3-pointer with just over 8 1/2 minutes left
 in the first quarter for a comfortable early edge.
 
 New  York  led 29-17 after 12  minutes of play  and shot 61.1 percent from the
 floor  - including 5-of-8 from behind the arc -- in the first quarter. Anthony
 accounted for three trey's alone and 11 points.
 
 Shumpert  returned  into the  Knicks' lineup  for the  first time this season,
 after  he tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee during the first round of
 the  2011-12  playoffs. The second-year  guard finished with eight points, one
 steal and two rebounds while playing just under 15 minutes.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Anthony  has now scored  at least 20 points in 25 straight games, good for the
 fourth-longest  streak in Knicks history ... The Knicks shot 45.8 percent from
 the  floor, compared to 44.3 percent for Detroit ... The Knicks were outscored
 in  the  paint, 44-22,  and only  converted on  11-of-31 attempts from 3-point
 range  ...  The game was  the seventh  in the NBA  played "across the pond" in
 London, including preseason contests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 01/17 21:43:11 ET

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