City Sports Report

Knicks Paste Pistons in Fourth Quarter, 124-106 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Knicks exploded in the fourth quarter in a game that was tied at 91 at the end of three to defeat the Detroit Pistons by outscoring them 33-15 in the final quarter.  The Knicks began the quarter on a 10-2 run bookended by three-pointers by Danilo Gallinari, to put the Knicks up 101-93. 

The Knicks were led by Amar’e Stoudemire, who scored 33 points, 26 coming in the second half, and also grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.  Gallinari scored 29 and pulled down 5 rebounds, but the biggest surprise of the night was a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds by Russian rookie center Timofey Mozgov, who saw his first game action in 21 days and took advantage of the opportunity of Wilson Chandler’s absence due to injury, and Shawne William’s absence due to fighting.  Mozgov connected on 9-11 field goals after missing his first four.  Knicks head coach kept Mozgov in the game after picking up his second foul in the first half, a move that seemed to give confidence to the young player.  Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and 5 assists, and Landry Fields finished witgh 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Pistons were led by Mount Vernon product Ben Gordon, who always seems to come up big at Madison Square Garden, with 35 points, including 7 three pointers.  Tayshaun Prince finished with 16 points, and rookie Greg Monroe finished with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.  Former Knick Tracey McGrady finished with 12 points and Charlie Villanueva had 11 points off the bench.

The Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30pm Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

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