The Detroit Pistons took on the New York Knicks last night in a close and testing game for both of the teams. The score changed hands a number of times, and the two were pretty even up until the fourth quarter. That is when Timofey Mozgov and the Knicks took control to take their third win in four games. The Pistons did a great job at keeping pace, and even lead at the end of the first two quarters. However, Detroit’s defense let through too many uncontested layups and shots, making the fact that they are a great scoring team irrelevant. The Knicks rallied in the fourth to net a drastic 124-106 victory over the Pistons after regulation time. Odds.
New York was without starting forward Wilson Chandler [sore left calf] and primary backup Shawne Williams [suspended for throwing a punch on Friday in Atlanta] on Sunday. As such, the Knicks called upon Mozgov to fill in after Ronny Turiaf ran into foul trouble. The rookie shone through with season highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds with one assist, and was treated with the crown chanting his name in the final seconds of the game. The replacement helped take some pressure off of Amar’e Stoudemire, who delivered 33 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists despite enduring a sprained right knee on Friday. Raymond Felton [12 points, 5 assists] and Danilo Gallinari [29 points, 5 rebounds] helped the Knicks stay with it, and contributed to a 12-2 run in the fourth that put New York ahead for good. Scores.
The Pistons knew they needed to focus on defense, as it has been a reoccurring factor in their losses, but failed to improve much when the time came. Ben Gordon put up a season-high 35 points for Detroit with 3 assists. Although the team challenged the Knicks through three of the four quarters, the Pitons fell to their third straight loss in the end. See if their defense improves at www.scoresandodds.com, where the latest lines, scores, stats and online betting information can be found. Las Vegas odds.