The Knicks let a cushy lead slip away but with a lot of grit and a little luck, they were able to hold onto the win.

Following a tough defeat against the league’s best Boston Celtics, the Knicks (35-23) squeaked out a thrilling victory against the league-worst Detroit Pistons (8-49) by a score of 113-111. Former Knick Quentin Grimes put in a huge basket to put Detroit up one with under 1o seconds left, but thanks to the incredible hustle of Isaiah Hartenstein and Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart converted a huge and-one to give the Knicks a lead and of course, grabbed his own offensive board on the missed free throw to ice the game. Hart finished with 23, while his podcast co-host Jalen Brunson was tremendous again to the tune of 35 points. The Big Ragu added 21 and continues to be one of the NBA’s best from behind the arch. What a night for the Knicks and the Villanova trio.

There were a bunch of familiar faces on the Detroit side getting minutes throughout the game in Grimes, Malachi Flynn, and Evan Fournier, all of whom were shipped out to the Motor City prior to the trade deadline. These guys were clearly amped up to stick it to their former team and contributed to the competitive energy that Monty Williams’ squad played with all night. The former Knick trio contributed 29 points, while outstanding young point guard Cade Cunningham led the team with 32 in the loss. With Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren, and Ausar Thompson, the Pistons have a very promising collection of young talent but seem to be at least a few years away from contention and find themselves in the basement of the standings once again.

Tonight’s home cooking at MSG marked the 14th straight win for the ‘Bockers over the Pistons, dating back to 2019, per Land of Basketball.

New York Attitude

One of the staples of this year’s Knicks team is the undying hustle and effort that every guy plays with. Whether it’s Precious Achiuwa leaping to the moon to block Jalen Duren’s dunk or Jalen Brunson sliding on the floor to keep a possession alive, each player who puts on the orange and blue always puts forth a max effort and this has what made the Knicks season such a pleasant watch.

The Pistons brought the heat tonight and the Knicks needed every single ounce of effort to win tonight’s game and shift the momentum back toward a positive direction. Say what you want about Tom Thibodeau grinding his players too hard, but a positive byproduct of that is that his players giving anything less than 110% isn’t an option. This would’ve been a bad loss and a rough way to head into a daunting stretch of games to begin March. A win is a win, and regardless of who the opponent is, the good times keep rolling.

Seeing Jalen Brunson putting his body on the line and also hitting clutch baskets down the stretch of the game, Knicks fans know we have our franchise cornerstone and someone who perfectly embodies the Big Apple ethos.

Quick Turnaround

Not much time to rest for the Knicks, as they welcome in Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, as they look to avenge an early season loss down in the Big Easy.

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