Knicks close 2015 with win over the Pistons, 108-96
The Knicks snapped a four game losing streak and closed 2015 with a solid win over the Detroit Pistons.
In spite of New York’s slow start, and Carmelo Anthony‘s struggling, shooting 2-5 and turning the ball twice, it was Jose Calderon who kept the Knicks going. The Spanish guard scored 8 out of his total 15 points in the first period, including two three pointers while Robin Lopez had 3 out of his total 6 blocked shots in the same quarter, receiving praises from Pistons head-coach, Stan Van Gundy.
”Lopez blocked six shots. You know why? He played hard. Robin Lopez was a major factor in this game.”
– Stan Van Gundy
New York’s first lead of the game came in the second quarter during an 11-0 run that took off with a layup and two jump shots from Kyle O’Quinn, a three pointer from Lance Thomas followed by two points from the free throw line by Derrick Williams.
Lopez’ strong presence in the first half also kept Andre Drummond in low numbers, Pistons’ best interior force being allowed to just 4 points and 3 rebounds.
Kristaps Porzingis who finished the night with 10 points was sidelined throughout the 4 quarter, allowing guys from the bench to spend more time on the court. As a result, Williams scored 16 of his total 18 points in the last period.
Once again, Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, and at the end of the game, no more than 6 Knicks were in double figures. Kyle O’Quinn had 12 and Robin Lopez 11.
The Knicks shot 54% from the field last night including 8-16 from behind the arc.