New York has their three-game win streak snapped with a 115-108 defeat in the Motor City, despite another stellar Allonzo Trier performance.

Coming off of three consecutive quality victories against Boston, New Orleans, and Memphis, the New York Knicks’ (7-15) world was on their high horse coming into tonight’s contest against the Detroit Pistons. Neither team came out of the gates strong, but Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson, and Stanley Johnson powered the 11-7 Pistons to a gutsy victory. Mario Hezonja was featured in the starting lineup once again, but his magic ran out as he struggled offensively along with many of his ‘Bocker teammates.

Throughout the evening, the Knicks were unable to find their stroke from the field, finishing under 40 percent and were unable to keep the Pistons from scoring at key moments throughout the game. Griffin led the charge with 30 points while Jackson and Johnson contributed 21 apiece. The Knicks did a great job containing the often dominant Andre Drummond to six points and (only) 14 boards and even won the rebounding battle, but Detroit made more plays down the stretch to secure the win.

A typical fourth-quarter surge ensued, wherein the Knicks kept it interesting, but they were unable to get over the hump and their three-game streak was snapped in the Motor City.


Zo Goes Off

Another Knicks game, another outstanding performance from undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier, who put up his first career double-double and near triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Trier’s efficiency this season has been a pleasant surprise, as this was one of the knocks on him coming out of Arizona. Each day, Iso Zo is moving closer and closer to shedding his two-way deal and securing a roster spot for the remainder of the season.

Dame Dot Back

After a four game streak of the dreaded DNP-CD’s for Damyean Dotson, the second-year swingman was able to gain some minutes tonight—and he took advantage in a big way. Dotson poured in 17 points and knocked down three triples.

It was encouraging to see Dot be able to avoid the rust that usually comes when you sit out for that long of a time period. To me, this once again proved that Dotson is a very good option for instant offense off the bench and he has continued to build a strong case to be an integral part of the Knicks’ future.

Notes

  • Kevin Knox struggled once again, going 1-for-7 from the field in 16 minutes off the bench.
  • Emmanuel Mudiay came back to earth after an awesome stretch, looking very ordinary in his matchup against Reggie Jackson.
  • Enes Kanter followed up his 26 rebounds performance with another double-double, posting 16 points and 14 rebounds, while also leading the Knicks in minutes.

 

New York is back in action tomorrow night in Philly against the new-look Sixers featuring Jimmy Butler.