Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Saturday, December 1st
Game 2: Thursday, December 13th
Game 3: Friday, February 15th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 27th

Pistons 100

(11-5, 6-3 away)

Knicks 97

(8-9, 6-2 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    8:00 PM ET, December 1, 2001

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 20 17 29 34100
    NY 29 24 22 2297

    Top Performers

    Det: J. Stackhouse 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    NY: L. Sprewell 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Pistons' late 15-0 run stuns Knicks

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Fourth quarters don't get much wilder than the one the Knicks and Pistons played Saturday night.

    Chucky Atkins made five 3-pointers to help lift the Pistons.

    Chucky Atkins made five 3-pointers, including one with 15.6 seconds left to give Detroit the lead for good as the Pistons beat New York 100-97.

    Detroit began the fourth quarter by scoring 15 unanswered points to erase what remained of a 16-point deficit, then went ahead by 13 points with under 4 1/2 minutes left as the run was extended to 27-5.

    New York came back with a 17-2 run to regain the lead, only to have the Pistons score the final five points of the game and snap the Knicks' three-game winning streak.

    "In a game that was ours, we made careless mistakes and one thing led to another," Knicks guard Mark Jackson said. "We finished strong, but that's what happens when you let a team come back into the ballgame."

    Latrell Sprewell, who scored New York's final six points and finished with 26, missed a jumper with six seconds left that would have given New York the lead. Marcus Camby back-tapped the rebound all the way to midcourt, where Jerry Stackhouse took it in for an uncontested layup and a three-point lead with 3.9 seconds left.

    With no timeouts left, the Knicks could only manage a heave from beyond midcourt by Sprewell that missed.

    Stackhouse led Detroit with 25 points, Atkins had 20, Clifford Robinson had 18 and Zeljko Rebraca added 17.

    Allan Houston scored 22 and Kurt Thomas added 14 for the Knicks.

    For the first three quarters, the game had all the makings of New York's fourth straight victory. The Knicks were the more energetic team, outrebounding Detroit 29-15 in the first half alone, and seemed to be catching the Pistons on an off night.

    But everything suddenly changed early in the fourth. Robinson opened the quarter with a three-point play, Atkins hit a 3-pointer and Robinson hit a short turnaround to tie it 75.

    "I told the guys at halftime that they have every excuse in the world to pack it in, but if they stuck to it and started playing our style of basketball we'd have a chance," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said.

    Rebraca scored four of Detroit's next six points before Houston ended the 15-0 run by making two foul shots. Jon Barry hit a 3-pointer after Atkins grabbed an offensive rebound, Robinson hit consecutive shots and Stackhouse hit a 22-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give Detroit an 90-80 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

    The lead eventually reached 13 with 4:22 left as Stackhouse made one of two foul shots, but the Knicks came charging back. Jackson hit a long jumper and then immediately drew an offensive foul on Atkins before the Pistons even inbounded, leading to a jumper by Sprewell that made it 95-92.

    Sprewell then stepped back and hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 95-95 with 59 seconds left. After Robinson missed for Detroit, Sprewell hit a 17-footer following an offensive rebound by Thomas to give the Knicks a 97-95 lead.

    Game notes
    Corliss Williamson of Detroit and Shandon Anderson of New York were ejected early in the fourth quarter after getting into a scuffle following a missed shot. ... Referee Luis Grillo gave Carlisle a lecture after Carlisle vehemently protested a clear-path foul in the third quarter. "Don't ever use language like that when we are discussing something," said Grillo, who did not give Carlisle a technical foul. ... Jackson picked up a flagrant foul for hammering Stackhouse on a breakaway with 8:18 left in the fourth.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 100 97
    FGM-FGA 33-74 (.446) 37-88 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 10-25 (.400) 6-17 (.353)
    FTM-FTA 24-29 (.828) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-37 19-48
    Assists 22 19
    Turnovers 12 14
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 8 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 28 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Latrell Sprewell Sprewell
    Points: 26
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0