- Ian Begley, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: Mike Woodson wants the Knicks to finish 9-2 in their final 11 games before the All-Star break.
They're off to a good start, thanks to another win against a sub-.500 team.
The Knicks won their fifth straight game in dominant fashion on Monday, pounding the Pistons, 99-85. They never trailed against Detroit, went up by double digits in the first quarter, led by as many as 26 and were up 14 by the final buzzer.
The Knicks also went 5-0 on their homestand.
New York has swept a homestand of at least five games only four times in franchise history. The last time it happened: 1973.
TYSON MATCHES THE CAPTAIN: Tyson Chandler joined an exclusive club Monday.
Chandler pulled down 20 rebounds for the third straight game, which ties a franchise record. Three others have done it. The last Knick to accomplish the feat? Willis Reed in 1969-70.
The emergence of Amar'e Stoudemire in the post has forced opponents to pay attention, leaving Chandler more room to attack the glass.
Chandler didn't have a 20-rebound game in his first 105 with the Knicks.
AIR FROM THERE? Here's something you don't see every day: J.R. Smith shot an air ball from the free-throw line early in the second quarter.
The Knicks were up by 17 at the time, so they could joke around about it, but Mike Woodson wasn't very happy. He gave Smith a death stare from the bench.
Andre Drummond one-upped Smith minutes later when he shot a free throw that hit the glass and nothing else.
Smith had a tough shooting night against Detroit, missing 10 of his 15 attempts. He finished with 15 points and three rebounds.
EFFICIENT NIGHT FOR MELO AND STAT: Carmelo Anthony had a solid night from the floor. Anthony scored 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting and was 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He added seven rebounds and three assists.
Stoudemire continued his efficient play off the bench, scoring 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
Anthony and Stoudemire hooked up on a pretty play in the third. Anthony found Stoudemire with a no-look pass, and Stoudemire finished with a behind the back layup.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will practice on Tuesday and head to Washington on Wednesday to play their fifth straight game against a team under .500.
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