Rapid Reaction: Pistons 92, Knicks 86
November, 19, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
The New York Knicks' season-long nightmare continued on Tuesday night.
They couldn't stop Rodney Stuckey, struggled on offense and failed to quell Detroit's front line in a 92-86 loss to the Pistons.
New York has lost three straight and four of five heading into a Wednesday night matchup against -- gulp -- the 9-1 Indiana Pacers.
Miffed Melo: Carmelo Anthony struggled mightily from the floor against Detroit. He missed 12 of his 20 shots and had seven turnovers. Anthony seemed to be extremely bothered by the way the officials called the game. He complained to officials several times about noncalls and received a technical foul in the second half.
Front and center: With Tyson Chandler and Metta World Peace out, the Pistons had a significant size edge on the front line -- and they took advantage.
Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 48 points and 27 rebounds. They shot a combined 19-for-34 from the field.
Stuckey crushed the Knicks off the bench with 21 points and five assists. He hit eight of his 14 shots and all five of his free throws. The Knicks had no one who could get in his way.
J.R. Smith had 18 points off the bench for the Knicks. Andrea Bargnani had a strong first half (11 points) but had just two in the second half.
The Knicks also missed Raymond Felton (hamstring/hip). PG Beno Udrih did not score in 18 minutes.
Why not foul Drummond? Drummond hit just one of five free throws on Tuesday. He's shooting less than 20 percent from the line, but Mike Woodson elected not to foul him in the fourth quarter as the Knicks trailed by 15 with nine minutes to play and attempted to come back. It's unclear why he decided against this strategy.
What's next: The Knicks take on the Pacers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York is 0-2 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
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