Game Recap: Pistons Late Surge Falls Short Against N.Y. Knicks
Tonight the Detroit Pistons (6-6) road woes continued as they lost to the New York Knicks (5-6) 105-102.
Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 35 points on 13-22 shooting along with 3 three pointers, 7 rebounds, and one steal and a block. The 7-3 forward from Latvia dazzled fans at Madison Square, inspiring them to chant “MVP! MVP!” as he scored all over the floor.
Carmelo Anthony did his typical damage against the Pistons scoring 22 points (9-17) with 5 rebounds. Former-Bulls Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose both had good games. Noah had a near double-double, posting 7 points, 15 rebounds (7 offensive), and 3 blocks in 25 minutes while Knicks starting point guard, Rose, scored 15 on 7-15 shooting.
Most importantly, the Knicks out-hustled the Pistons by pulling down 19 offensive rebounds and blocking 9 shots. After tonight, in seven road games this year, the Pistons have only held two opponents under 105 points. Simply put, there is not enough effort on defense.
The Pistons did have a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope could not hit his 4th three-pointer of the game. However, KCP did have another strong game scoring 22 points with 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Ish Smith had a game-high 8 assists while Tobias Harris posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jon Leuer stayed hot off the bench scoring 17 points with 9 rebounds.
Andre Drummond had 15 points and 9 rebounds but his ankle slowed him down on the defensive end of the floor. Dre posted the worst +/- of the game (-17).