Tuesday , Dec , 02 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – December 2

=== New York Knicks Team Report – December 2 ===

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks fell to the Detroit Pistons, 79-78,
in overtime on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

A Charlie Ward jumper with 12 seconds remaining in regulation sent the contest
into overtime. Ward scored 12 for the Knicks, who were led by Allan Houston’s
20 points.

Antonio McDyess made his debut in the New York lineup, posting just two points
in 13 minutes off the bench. He had been sidelined with a left knee injury for
every regular season Knicks game since the team acquired him in a draft-day
trade in June of 2002.

Kurt Thomas chipped in 16 points for New York, including the first two buckets
of overtime, which staked the Knicks to a 74-70 lead. However, a Chauncey
Billups three and Mehmet Okur’s free throws with 2:45 left gave the Pistons a
75-74 advantage.

After New York regained its lead on Houston’s bucket at the other end, Billups
completed a nice three-point play to make it a 78-76 Detroit lead with 36
seconds remaining.

Houston hit a jumper to tie it up again just 13 seconds after that, but
Billups made 1-of-2 from the line for the final margin with just 6.4 seconds
to play.

New York had one more opportunity for the win, but Houston was stripped by
Tayshaun Prince with the clock running down, and Michael Doleac’s desperation
try was blocked by Okur.

The Knicks are off until Wednesday when they start a five-game road trip in