Knicks’ Highway Troubles Proceed With 104-101 Loss To Pistons

DETROIT – The Knicks a minimum of shall be house for the vacations, one other benefit from what has been a fortuitous schedule all through the primary half of the season.

However their chilly highway woes nonetheless aren’t exhibiting any indicators of stopping, both, falling to 2-10 away from Madison Sq. Backyard with a tricky 104-101 loss to the Pistons on Friday night time of their preliminary go to to first-year Little Caesars Area.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks (17-15) with 29 factors on 12-for-28 taking pictures, together with 10 within the fourth quarter, a marked enchancment on his one-point outing (Zero-for-11) throughout the earlier night time’s house choice over Boston.

Enes Kanter chipped in 22 factors and 16 rebounds and Courtney Lee added 16 for the Knicks, whereas Tobias Harris scored 24 and Andre Drummond had 18 with 15 boards for Detroit (18-14).

The Knicks clawed again from an early 13-point deficit and have been tied early within the fourth quarter, earlier than a few Ish Smith drives pushed the Pistons forward, 93-85, halfway via the interval.

Porzingis netted 10 factors throughout a 16-Four surge that left the Knicks up by six with 1:17 remaining. However Detroit scored the subsequent 5 factors, together with a runner and a free throw by Reggie Jackson (10 factors) for a 102-101 lead with 23 seconds to go.

Reggie Bullock rejected Lee’s ensuing drive and Stanley Johnson dropped in two free throws earlier than Porzingis’ last-second heave did not even hit the rim on the last horn.

Michael Beasley, who’d netted a season-best 32 towards the Celtics to make up for Porzingis’ ineffectiveness, was held to 6 factors in simply 13 minutes off the bench.

“So long as my fellas (are) going superb, with me, enjoying (time) would not matter,” Beasley mentioned earlier than the sport. “In fact, everybody needs to play 48 minutes an evening, however so long as we’re successful and the camaraderie is sweet, I am completely satisfied.

“Like I mentioned, I labored extraordinarily onerous on my sport off the courtroom, so I am prepared get in any second. However we now have a number of nice gamers on this crew. The last word objective is to win.”

The Knicks surprisingly defeated Cleveland on the highway in October, they usually gained a semi-road sport in Brooklyn earlier this month, however they in any other case hadn’t posted victories in any of their different first 11 tries outdoors Manhattan, the place they’re a powerful 15-5 for the season.

Following their house matinee towards Philadelphia on Christmas, the Knicks will play 16 of their subsequent 20 on the highway, a string that probably will higher decide

“Properly, they’ve performed 20 (video games) at house and 11 on the highway, so a cynical particular person, which I am not, would say that the league tried to assist them construct some confidence early within the yr by giving them a number of house video games and giving them an opportunity to get going and decide up some confidence,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy mentioned earlier than the sport. “That is what a cynical particular person would say, not me. Not me. It is simply probability that they bought that many house video games early on.”

The groups entered in a three-way tie with Washington for the ultimate three playoff positions within the Jap Convention, with the Knicks blowing a 21-point lead and dropping the one earlier assembly this season towards the Pistons at MSG of their house opener on Oct. 21.

“Properly, they’ve a greater understanding of what we’re doing on either side of the ball. In order that’s useful,” Jeff Hornacek mentioned of the Knicks earlier than the sport. “I feel our half-court protection has been fairly good…They know one another slightly bit higher now. Brief coaching camps, some new guys, they needed to type of really feel out what all people likes to do. They’re beginning to get it.”

Hornacek’s squad really began to get crushed from the opening tipoff, falling behind 15-2 to start out the sport. The 13-point gap could be the biggest deficit of the sport, nevertheless, and the Knicks finally used put-back dunks by Kanter and Porzingis amid a 14-Zero and 18-2 run to seize a 75-70 lead late within the third quarter.