The New York Knicks (10-11) handily defeated the Detroit Pistons (5-18) on the road to take a 3-0 regular season series lead over Motor City. 

The Knicks last played the Pistons on November 11 and were able to pull out a much-needed victory. They also played them in October, making tonight their third matchup this season. That first game also resulted in a win for the Knicks.  

New York was seeking a bounce-back win against Detroit after a heartbreaking loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Sunday night, and bounce back they did. They tied a season-high in assists with 30 and Randle tied his single-quarter record for three-pointers made with five in the first period alone. It was all around a great night for the Knicks offense.

The first started off well for the Knicks, with Mitchell Robinson immediately getting involved in the action with a finish at the rim and with back-to-back three-pointers from Julius Randle. They were struggling a bit to contain the Pistons from deep, as Detroit tried taking advantage of the Knicks’ poor three-point defense, but Randle just continued his hot shooting streak, ending the quarter with 17 points in just 10 minutes of play. The rest of the Knicks scored 23 points, but they also gave up 32 to Detroit. They needed to actually get some stops to make their explosion on offense turn into a blowout. 

In the second quarter, the Knicks were looking porous on defense. Jalen Duren was making light work of Isaiah Hartenstein at the rim, and the rest of New York was just watching it happen. Despite such a high-scoring first period, they were only up four early on in the second quarter. They ended up letting the Pistons shoot 51.3% from the field by the end of the first half. Fortunately, Randle continued to be unconscious on offense and scored 26 points through two, a high for either team.

To truly seal the deal in Detroit, New York had to find some cohesion on defense as well as offense outside of Randle. At the start of the third, Randle continued his dominant performance with a poster on the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart, who shoved Randle after the play. After a technical foul was assessed to Stewart, the Knicks continued pushing the pace on offense to try and keep momentum for the quarter. They were especially on point with their ball movement which allowed them to keep their offense flowing. They had over 20 assists by the end of the period and blew things open leading into the final period of regulation. 

Only bench players were on the court to begin the fourth quarter with the Knicks up by 31. Stewart started to get hot on offense, though, which prompted a quick timeout from head coach Tom Thibodeau despite the Knicks being up by 26 even after his brief heater. But, even with the Pistons getting their points efficiently this quarter, the mountain to climb was too great. New York easily ran away with their third straight win against the Pistons this season. 

The Knicks’ top performer was obviously the birthday boy, Randle. He finished up with 36 points on 6-13 shooting from deep, along with seven rebounds and five assists. Jalen Brunson had a quiet, but great, night as well. He scored 16 on 6-8 shooting from the field and had five assists and one rebound.

Barrett was also solid, going for 16 points, grabbing four boards, and dishing out three assists. Mitchell Robinson was the only starter in single digits in scoring, but he was the obvious anchor on defense for New York. He had six points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Quentin Grimes, who has been starting alongside Brunson since returning from his foot injury, had his best performance of his season so far with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. His passing was very impressive along with his usual stout defense. 

The bench was just as solid this evening, helmed by Immanuel Quickley, He finished up with 15 points, four assists, and a rebound in 22 minutes of action. Isaiah Hartenstein, while leaving something to be desired on defense, scored eight while grabbing four boards and recording an assist and a steal. Obi Toppin had eight points, three rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes, and hit 2-3 of his three balls. 

Cam Reddish had six points and a rebound, and Derrick Rose scored five along with three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Jericho Sims had six points, six boards, and an assist in just six minutes on the floor, and Deuce McBride had two points, three assists, and a steal. 

Even Svi Mykhailiuk played for three minutes in this route. Ryan Arcidiacono also saw two minutes but left the game with an ankle injury. He had one assist. 

The Knicks play once again tomorrow night against the formidable Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden. 

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