Pistons host struggling Knicks
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The New York Knicks have a tough task
ahead of them tonight when they land in Detroit to take on Larry Brown and the
Pistons in an Eastern Conference matchup at the Palace.
The Knicks continued their early-season struggle, as they were dealt a 104-83
shellacking by the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
The setback dropped the Knicks to 3-8 on the season.
Frank Williams came off the bench and netted a career-high 14 points for New
York, which has lost five of its last six contests. Shandon Anderson and
Howard Eisley each scored 13 for New York, which never led against the Lakers.
Against the Lakers, New York went to the line only six times and made all six
of their attempts.
Knicks’ forward Keith Van Horn, who did not play against the Lakers, is
doubtful for tonight’s contest with a sprained ankle.
The Knicks are 1-4 on the road this season.
Detroit won its third straight game on Wednesday night, defeating the Memphis
Grizzlies, 99-92, at the Pyramid.
Chauncey Billups scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to
help the Pistons continue their dominance of the Grizzlies. Detroit has now
defeated the Grizzlies in all five contests since they moved from Vancouver to
Memphis before the 2001-02 season.
Tayshaun Prince added 16 points and Richard Hamilton 15, as the Pistons have
won three straight following a three-game skid.
Detroit is 4-1 at home.
In 2002-03, the teams split four contests as each club won twice on its
Overall, New York has won tow of the last three contests between the two
squads, while Detroit has won five of eight and six of the last 10 meetings.
New York leads the all-time series, 146-114.