WHAT IT MEANS: The New York Knicks were hoping to get back to the .500 mark with a victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich., on Sunday afternoon. It took double overtime, but the Knicks are now 9-9 after their 125-116 victory. Who needs LeBron James? The Knicks, who have won five straight road games, have as many wins as the Miami Heat (9-8) and are a half-game behind the three-headed monster most thought would run away with the East. New York is now 7-4 against teams with losing records. The Pistons are 6-11. But a team has to beat the bad teams if it wants to be a good team.
TURNING POINT: The Knicks went downtown in double OT, nailing four huge triples. Danilo Gallinari nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second extra session. Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields also had triples to finally finish off the pesky Pistons, who battled all game.
ON THE MARK: Raymond Felton missed his first six 3-point attempts. But in the fourth quarter, Felton -- who had been on a tear from downtown, shooting 43 percent in the previous five games -- connected on three straight 3-point shots. It gave the Knicks the lead in the fourth quarter and some breathing room. Even though the Pistons were able to tie it at 99 and force overtime, the Knicks wouldn't have been in that position without Felton heating up in the fourth. Felton also scored the first two points in OT via free throws.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Amare Stoudemire was big early and late against the Pistons. Stoudemire had 20 of his 31 points in regulation in the first half. He was doing it all -- scoring, rebounding and even dishing out assists. With 23 seconds to go, Stoudemire knocked down two free throws to give the Knicks a 99-97 advantage. Stoudemire’s layup gave New York a 107-106 lead with 1:17 left in the first OT. He finished with 37 points.
FIELDS' DAY: Fields had an ugly air ball in the first half. He was heckled by The Palace crowd. But he came back in the second half, scoring 16 points, and had a huge putback with 20 seconds to go in the first overtime to give the Knicks a three-point advantage. He also had a 3-pointer in double OT. Fields finished with 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks head back to The Garden to take on the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. It will be a chance for the Knicks to get healthy at home, where they have struggled (2-5). After the debacle on Saturday afternoon at home against the Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks need a victory in front of the home crowd. The Nets seem to be the perfect prescription. New Jersey is a bad road team, winning two of their nine games away from Newark.