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Monday, March 3, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Pistons 96, Knicks 85

By Ian Begley

Different night, same result.

That’s the best way to describe what you’re seeing from the New York Knicks right now.

New York blew a 14-point lead and fell apart in disastrous fashion in the second half, losing 96-85 on the road to the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

The Knicks have lost seven in a row, and 13 of 15. The defeat left Mike Woodson's club a season-high 19 games below .500. They are 6½ games out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with 21 games to play.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting. Amar'e Stoudemire, starting for the second time this season, had 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting.

Both players got off to strong starts to help the Knicks establish that 14-point second quarter lead. But the lead evaporated quickly, as the Knicks trailed by four midway through the third quarter and fell apart in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks started 3-for-15 from the field in the fourth with five turnovers as the Pistons went up by double-digits.

Detroit had five players in double figures and was led by Andre Drummond, who had 17 points and an eye-popping 26 rebounds.

Solid start: Woodson shook up the starting lineup, going with J.R. Smith and Stoudemire and sending Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni to the bench.

It seemed to spark the Knicks, who led by eight points after one quarter and gave up just 20 points after allowing 38 and 37 points in the first quarter in the previous two games. Stoudemire certainly benefited, but Smith struggled. The reigning Sixth Man Award winner missed his first 10 shots and finished with 16 points.

The move to the bench seemed to help Shumpert early on. He was more aggressive on both ends of the floor and helped the Knicks establish the early lead.

Not Ray’s day: Raymond Felton's season-long struggles continue. In his fourth game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies, Felton went 1-for-9 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. also struggled, going 0-for-6 from the floor and finishing scoreless in 21 minutes.

The Knicks' backcourt, as a whole, finished 9-for-41 from the floor. Wow.

What’s next: The Knicks will play in Minnesota on Wednesday.

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