Carmelo Anthony put up 34 points to lead the New York Knicks to a close victory over the Detroit Pistons, 89-85. This is the second win in as many games for New York (12-22) after beating Dallas on Sunday.
Anthony shot 13-24 from the field (6-7 on 3-point attempts) in an efficient offensive performance. Other key performers for New York were Andrea Bargnani with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Raymond Felton with 12 points and 6 assists. Despite the loss, Josh Smith scored 21 points for Detroit on 6-14 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also recorded 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Greg Monroe chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds and Andre Drummond finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds.
The Pistons posted an eFG% of just 39.0%, including 15.8% from 3-point range. This year, they are winless (0-8) when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Knicks are 5-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Detroit (14-21) has now dropped their last five consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Knicks square off against the Miami Heat, who are 27-8 on the year. The Pistons match up against the Toronto Raptors, currently 16-17 this season.