Andre Drummond earned his 44th double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 26 rebounds, to help the Detroit Pistons defeat the New York Knicks, 96-85. Detroit (24-36) has won just three of its last 10 games.
Drummond went 6-9, in a solid performance. Other key players for Detroit included Josh Smith with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Greg Monroe with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had another quality performance for New York despite the loss, putting up 28 points on 11-21 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc.
The Knicks had an eFG% of just 44.6% coupled with a low FTA rate of 16.9. This season, they are winless (0-5) when they fall below 45% and 20.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Pistons are undefeated (3-0) when forcing their opponents below those thresholds.
New York (21-40) has now lost seven consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Pistons square off with the Chicago Bulls, who are 33-27 on the year. The Knicks meet the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 29-29 this season. The Pistons are 1-1 versus Chicago this season. The Knicks have a 0-1 record against Minnesota this season.