Sunday, February 9, 2020
The New York Knicks have been playing impressive lately as they are currently on a three-game winning streak. They will look to extend it to four as they battle the Detroit Pistons in Michigan. The Pistons, who have traded Andre Drummond three days ago, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss.
Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these teams will see each other this season. The last time they met up was on November 6 when the Pistons handed the Knicks a 122-102 loss. During that game, Andre Drummond scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Julius Randle had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Knicks and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 397 times in the past as the Knicks won 213 games while the Pistons were kept to just 184 victories.
New York Knicks:
-Damyean Dotson (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 36.0 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (illness; 6.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 43.5 FG%, 32.6 3P%)
-Maurice Harkless (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 51.6 FG%, 37.0 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 43.2 FG%, 31.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (hip; 11.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.0 FG%, 39.3 3P%)
-Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (hip; 8.9 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 42.5 3P%)
-Derrick Rose (groin; 18.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 49.8 FG%, 31.5 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 38.1 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
-Brandon Knight (4.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 32.6 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
The game would be held close in the first half as the Pistons shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty-eight percent. Both Christian Wood and Reggie Jackson dropped nine points which included a three-pointer each. Wood recorded six rebounds, as well, along with two assists and one steal while Jackson had two rebounds and six assists.
Former Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker helped out with seven points while Bruce Brown had four points. Tony Snell was held to just a three-pointer but managed to give out an assist, although he had two turnovers. Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.
On the other end of the court, Elfrid Payton and Taj Gibson had six points each while Julius Randle contributed with five points. He had a three-pointer while Reggie Bullock knocked down a three-pointer in the second quarter. Frank Ntilikina played 13 minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a 50 to 48 lead.
The New York Knicks would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 47-42 run. During that run, Randle scored 12 more points while grabbing four rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot. As for the Pistons, Jackson scored 11 more points but it was the Knicks who came away with a win, 95-92. Julius Randle finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block while Reggie Jackson had 20 points, 2 rebounds, a season-high-tying 9 assists, and one steal.
The New York Knicks will head to Georgia to take on John Collins (20.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 55.8 FG%, 35.4 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (14-39) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This will mark the second of three times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 17 when the Knicks blew the Hawks out, 143-120. R.J. Barrett finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Trae Young had 42 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists.
The Detroit Pistons will host Terry Rozier (18.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.2 APG, 42.0 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (16-35) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other this season. November 29 was the last time they battled each other as the Pistons fell to the Hornets, 110-107. During that game, P.J. Washington scored 26 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, gave out 3 assists, and committed 4 steals while Derrick Rose settled for 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists.