Game Recap: Pistons Hold off The Super Team; Improve to 3-1
The Pistons extended their winning streak to three tonight when they knocked off the self proclaimed “super team”, the New York Knicks 102-89.
Tobias Harris led the Pistons in scoring with 25 points while also corralling 10 rebounds and providing himself his first double-double of the season.
Sunday night against the Bucks, Detroit punished Milwaukee with gritty defense. Through the first three quarters of tonight’s affair, Stan Van Gundy’s team chose to make the game a shoot-out. It was fast-paced and up tempo but when the 4th quarter rolled around, Detroit tightened up and only allowed their opponent to score 10 points.
Stan Van Gundy told the media before the game that “Nobody in the league can stop [Carmelo Anthony].” Even in a double digit loss, Anthony still dropped 24 points on 8-18 shooting.
Kentavious Caldwell Pope continued his highly efficient offensive play tonight with 19 points on 7-11 shooting and hit 4-6 from behind the arc.
Similar to Sunday night, Detroit had control of the game and its momentum for all 48 minutes and did an excellent job of protecting the lead. The super team Knicks put forth a series of triumphant plays at times to try and capture control of the match-up, but the Pistons never looked back.
It was more than obvious tonight that Detroit had the coaching edge in the battle when Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to bench young Dirk Nowitski, Kristaps Porzingis for the first nine minutes of the crucial fourth quarter.
If you are a Pistons fan and you for whatever reason become frustrated with Stan Van Gundy this season, remember he’s still better than Jeff Hornacek.
In a night where the wings were the stars, recently acquired point guard, Ish Smith quietly posted a near double double with 10 points and 8 assists.
Detroit is undefeated in the 2016-2017 season when they win the rebounding battle. Tonight they won the it 48-43.
Detroit improved to (3-1) on the season and will play at Brooklyn (1-3) tomorrow night at 7:30pm ET.