After losing back to back contests in rather frustrating fashion to both the Mavericks and Jeremy Lin's Rockets, the Knicks were in need of a redemption win.
With the team set to charge into Brooklyn on Monday night to take on the Nets, a tune-up was necessary. The pressure is on to defeat the emerging local "rival" as it is, so it wouldn't help much if the Knicks entered the key matchup while on a slide.
With that in mind, the Knickerbockers used being able to play on their home court to their advantage, blowing past the Pistons during a Sunday afternoon matinee.
Outscoring Detroit by a score of 121-100, the team improved its record to 9-3. More importantly, a number of players got their groove back during the contest. New York had six players score in double figures.
All scorers were led by Carmelo Anthony, who poured in 29 points with total ease. The forward has helped the Knicks get off to a hot start in a number of ball games this season, and Sunday afternoon was no different. Shooting efficiently, Anthony scored well into double-figures early in the first half. While certain matchups have been games dictated by multiple runs by each squad, Anthony and the Knicks never looked back in this one.
It may not have been the team's best defensive effort of the season, but the Knicks won the game by using one of former coach Mike D'Antoni's strategies---run and gun to outscore and chase your opponent out of the building.
New York let the shots fly, sinking 17 daggers from downtown, good for 51% as a team. Such an effort was highlighted by Steve Novak, who scored in double figures for just the second time this season. He finished with a season-high 18 points.
Rasheed Wallace also helped pace the effort from deep, connecting on three long-range bombs, on his way to 15 points off the bench. Both taller reserves helped their team en route to a victory.
Otherwise, the Knicks' aggressive nature on offense was just too much for the Pistons. Taking it to the hole, Anthony and J.R. Smith got to the charity stripe with ease as they toyed with the defense. New York also worked to get Tyson Chandler involved in the offense, and he rewarded them by forcing his way inside and getting to the line as well. The trio combined for an almost flawless 20 for 21 from the free-throw line.
Fresh off the weekend matinee victory, the Knicks will undoubtedly look to carry that same momentum with them into Brooklyn later Monday evening. If the Knicks truly are the Big Apple's team, perhaps the contest will turn out to be more of a home game than not.