Knicks rout Pistons following big 2nd quarter

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Playing his third game in four nights
-- with soreness all over his body -- Carmelo Anthony made it through
three quarters.

Then he had a chance to rest while the New York Knicks finished
off a much-needed blowout.

Anthony scored 13 points, and the Knicks routed the Detroit Pistons 103-80 on Saturday night. Anthony was hit in the back late
in Friday night's win over Washington, but he was able to play
against the Pistons -- although New York didn't need him to do all
that much.

"My whole right side was kind of locked up. Last night when we
got in, they unlocked my back," Anthony said. "Then today it was
my hip, then in the game it was my knee. It was kind of my whole
right side. I can use this day off tomorrow."

He was able to sit out the fourth quarter after the Knicks built
a 29-point lead. Amare Stoudemire scored 22 points and Mike Bibby
added 16.

New York led 64-42 at halftime.

"Tonight we came out from the jump, from the beginning,"
Anthony said. "Tonight we put four quarters together."

The Detroit fans had little to cheer about -- except when
highlights of Lions touchdowns from their playoff game in New
Orleans were shown on the big screen. Brandon Knight led the
Pistons with 19 points.

"This was very, very disappointing. Overall, this was just an
unacceptable and extremely disappointing performance," Detroit
coach Lawrence Frank said. "Obviously, this is not representative
of what we want to be."

Bibby has 27 points in his last two games after scoring seven
through New York's first six.

Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey sat out with a groin injury, and
the Pistons were also without forwards Austin Daye (right ankle)
and Charlie Villanueva (left ankle).

Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert made his first career start,
replacing Toney Douglas. He finished with 11 points, including an
alley-oop dunk late in the game that made it 99-73.

"I thought it went well," Shumpert said. "We started off on
the right foot and kept the energy up."

New York led by just a point after the first quarter before
breaking the game open in the second. With the score tied at 32,
the Knicks went on a 26-4 run, highlighted by a one-handed dunk by
Anthony over Detroit big man Greg Monroe that made it 52-35.

Moments later, Bibby made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 20,
and he added another shot from long distance at the shot clock
buzzer to make it 58-36.

Bibby led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, making
all four of his 3-point attempts. Detroit gave the Knicks far too
many extra chances in the half, turning the ball over 11 times and
allowing nine offensive rebounds.

The Pistons finished with 20 turnovers. They've lost three
straight by decisive margins. Chicago beat them by 16 before
Philadelphia defeated Detroit 96-73 on Friday night.

New York was playing the second game of a back-to-back set as
well, having edged Washington 99-96 the previous night.

The Pistons haven't been drawing well this season, although
Saturday night's announced attendance of 12,044 was mitigated by
the fact that the Lions were playing their first playoff game in a
dozen years at the same time.

The area's basketball team has a ways to go if it's going to
reach the postseason. The Pistons looked disoriented on defense
throughout, allowing several easy dunks and doing little to slow
the Knicks.

"This was a perfect example of how not to play our game,"
Detroit's Jonas Jerebko said. "They play that up-and-down style,
and once you make a couple mistakes, it really gets away from you
in a hurry. That's how they like to play, and we let them get into

After an alley-oop from Anthony to Tyson Chandler and a dunk by
Stoudemire, New York led 79-53 in the third quarter. Josh
Harrellson, the Knicks' 6-foot-10 rookie, added a 3-pointer to make
it 82-55.

Game notes
Anthony was called for a technical foul in the third. ...
Greg Monroe scored 15 points for the Pistons. ... The Knicks
committed a defensive 3-second violation 15 seconds into the game.