Knicks Defeat Pistons At Garden to Improve To 9-3

Published on: 25th November, 2012


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New York — Today, it was Detroit. Tomorrow, it will be basketball Armageddon in Brooklyn.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the New York Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday but everyone’s mind was on Monday and what will be the first game ever between the Knicks and the other New York City inhabitant, the newly-minted Brooklyn Nets.

Steve Novak added a season-high 18 and J.R. Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference’s best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas spanning the Thanksgiving holiday. They were much better Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.

It was a methodical win for the Knicks today as they took on an overmatched Detroit Pistons team this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Today’s final score was reflective of the difference in talent and experience between these two teams. Tomorrow’s contest in Brooklyn won’t offer the same contrast in talent or experience.

The Knicks post-game locker room was more interested in discussing tomorrow’s game at the Barclays Center than tonight’s thrashing of the Pistons.

“If we don’t get up for that game, I don’t know what games we will get up for,” said Carmelo Anthony. “It is an in-city game…New York versus Brooklyn. For me, going back home, going back to the borough, playing my first game over there is a very special moment for myself.”

That’s right, Carmelo Anthony was born in Brooklyn but his family moved to Baltimore when he was eight-years old, before he could turn into a New York playground legend.

Tyson Chandler, who’s not from Brooklyn, is nevertheless looking forward to the game tomorrow night.

“It’s a divisional matchup. It’s an opportunity for us to get a full-game lead,” he said. “The city’s definitely going to be pumped up. We just need to go in there with focus and get a win.”

As for today’s win, it was all about the Knicks re-committing to playing the type of defense that had gotten them to an 8-1 record to start the season.

“We played better defense in the second half,” said Raymond Felton. “We got after it. We were able to get into transition and get easy shots.”

Felton recognizes that the Knicks need to play a certain style in order to win games.

“Somebody had to set the pace, whether it’s me, Carmelo, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, whoever,” Felton said. “We really wanted to get back in that mode of really just being aggressive and getting after people on defense, again.”

Mission accomplished, today, against the lowly Pistons. Tomorrow, in Brooklyn, the challenge gets more difficult as the Nets, off to a terrific 8-4 start, are led by their all-star quality backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson along with 7-foot center Brook Lopez, who’s healthy and playing like the scoring machine the Nets drafted out of Stanford five years ago.

Armageddon should be fun.





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