New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 34
points to lead the New York Knicks to an 89-85 win over the Detroit Pistons
from Madison Square Garden.
Andrea Bargnani registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and
Raymond Felton scored 12 points for New York, which has won eight straight at
home over Detroit.
Josh Smith and Andre Drummond each deposited double-doubles for the Pistons
with Smith recording 21 points and 12 boards, while Drummond had 12 points and
Greg Monroe had 19 points to go along with seven rebounds in Detroit's fifth
Anthony led a 22-3 charge that started with an alley-oop slam from Kenyon
Martin at the 8:02 mark of the third.
Martin tied the game at 49 apiece when Anthony went berserk, hitting three
straight 3s and scoring 13 points over the span. Iman Shumpert concluded the
run with a three-point play to give the Knicks a 69-52 lead with just under
three minutes left in the third.
Detroit trailed 73-58 heading into the final quarter.
Will Bynum made two shots around a Monroe free throw to help Detroit close to
within 10 to open the frame.
Charlie Villanueva later cut into the lead with a jumper to pull within six,
83-77, with 4:37 left and Kyle Singler made it a one possession game
with a triple just over a minute later.
Anthony then rattled home a 3-pointer with 2:11 remaining to push the lead to
86-80, but Smith responded with a 3 of his own to halve the deficit.
On the ensuing Knicks possession, Brandon Jennings picked the pocket of Felton
and fed Drummond, who was fouled and split a pair at the line to make it a
Felton committed another turnover on the following possession with just over a
Drummond gathered a Jennings miss and was off the mark on his short layup
attempt, but Villanueva was fouled after he came down with Drummond's miss and
made 1-of-2 from the line.
The Knicks wilted down the stretch to allow Detroit back into the game as
Anthony was called for a charge with 27.1 ticks to go which gave the Pistons a
shot at the lead.
Smith's jumper was short and Felton made 1-of-2 at the line, but his second
attempt was rebounded by Anthony with 4.9 seconds left. Anthony calmly knocked
down both of his attempts to seal the win for New York.
New York led 24-21 after the first quarter and both teams were tied at 41 at
New York avenged a 92-86 loss on Nov. 19 in Detroit ... Singler and Bynum
finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the loss ... Jennings
finished with five points on 2-for-12 shooting ... Detroit outrebounded New
York 54-38 ... The Pistons shot 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) from deep ... New York
shot 33-of-81 (40.7 percent) from the field.
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