Pistons 92, Knicks 86

Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Guard Rodney Stuckey had a season-high 21 points and five assists off the bench as the Detroit Pistons ended a seven-game losing streak to the New York Knicks with a 92-86 victory on Tuesday at The Palace.
Forward Josh Smith supplied 19 points and forward Greg Monroe added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons (4-6), who lost five of their last six games. Center Andre Drummond notched his fifth straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 13 points. Detroit shot 50 percent from the field.
Forward Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks (3-7), who lost their third straight, with 25 points but he committed a season-high seven turnovers. Guard J.R. Smith, who was removed from the starting lineup, had 18 points.
Smith was fined $25,000 by the NBA last week after he sent out an angry tweet to Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who questioned why Smith's brother Chris, a rookie, was on the Knicks' roster.
Despite battling an illness, Jennings forced a Smith turnover midway through the third quarter with the Pistons clinging to a 55-54 lead. Anthony picked up a technical and his fourth foul during the next two minutes while Detroit reeled off seven unanswered points, including 3-pointers by Josh Smith and forward Kyle Singler.
Stuckey scored the Pistons' last seven points of the quarter as they took a 71-63 lead into the fourth. He stretched his personal streak to 12 with a baseline shot, a free throw and an elbow jumper before feeding Drummond for a dunk to make it 78-63.
The Knicks hung around and closed the gap to five, 85-80, on an Anthony jumper but New York couldn't get closer than four points.
New York used its fifth different lineup in 10 games, in part due to injury. Point guard Raymond Felton missed his first game this season because of lower-back and left-hip injuries. Power forward Kenyon Martin made his first start of the season to combat Detroit's oversized frontcourt, with Anthony shifting to small forward.
Anthony shot 3-for-12 from the field during the first half as the game was tied at 43 at halftime.
NOTES: Knicks PG Raymond Felton, who averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 assists over the first nine games, is questionable to play against Indiana on Wednesday. ... New York F Metta World Peace, who has been slowed by a sore left knee, did not make the trip because of a death in his family. It was the ninth anniversary of the Palace brawl when World Peace, then known as Ron Artest, infamously went into the stands. ... Detroit hasn't won a regular-season series against New York since 2005-06. They play twice more this season (Jan. 7 at New York, March 3 at Detroit). ... Pistons guards Chauncey Billups (knee tendonitis) and Will Bynum (sore left hamstring) were inactive for the second straight game. ... Detroit F Josh Smith returns to Atlanta on Wednesday for the first time since he signed with the Pistons as a free agent. Coach Mo Cheeks said he doesn't have to caution Smith, who played his first nine seasons with the Hawks, about playing selfishly. "I don't think you talk to him," Cheeks said. "He understands that going back to Atlanta is a little different because he was there for so long, but he tries to play within himself."

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