The Detroit Pistons held off the New York Knicks late to win 104-101. The Pistons will move to 18-14 and the Knicks will move to 17-15.
The New York Knicks took the lead with under 2 minutes to go, but lost grip of it down the stretch. The Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis, who had 29 points and 9 rebounds. Porizngis fellow big man, Enes Kanter, also had a strong game. Kanter had 22 points and 16 rebounds, with 12 points in the third. The Knicks MVP, Michael Beasley, was held to 6 points off the bench after scoring 32 vs. Boston. Beasley was not given nearly the opportunity this game with Porzingis healthy and aggressive all game.
The Detroit Pistons had an 11 point lead evaporate, and then lost another 7 point lead in the fourth quarter when Ish Smith was taken out for Reggie Jackson. With under 2 minutes to go, Jackson scored on two drives and Andre Drummond tipped in a Jackson miss to tie the game. Jackson split a pair of free throws with 23 seconds to go. Reggie Bullock then got a block on Courtney Lee, and Stanley Johnson grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Johnson hit two free throws to extend the lead to 3 points and keep it there. The Pistons were led by Tobias Harris with 24 points and 5 assists. Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Johnson had 12 off the bench, while hitting 2/3 from beyond the arc.
There were no injuries tonight for both sides tonight.
The Pistons made a lot of mistakes, but were able to overcome the to win the game. The Pistons had an 11 point lead early, and a 7 point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Pistons were killing the Knicks with the up-tempo ball of Smith, but came got back in the game when Smith was subbed out. Drummond had a good game, but would’ve had a great game if not for silly fouls putting him in foul trouble. The Pistons escaped with a win, but you have to worry about the way the Pistons are winning recently. A bad win vs the Magic, a loss against the Mavericks, and now another ugly win against the Knicks has got to be driving Stan Van Gundy crazy.
The Pistons take on the Pacers on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The Knicks will play the 76ers on Christmas at 12:00 PM.
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