AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — David Lee
had a season-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the New York Knicks
handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss, 104-87 Tuesday
Wilson Chandler added 23 points and
nine rebounds for the Knicks. Richard Hamilton had 16 points and Rodney
Stuckey scored 15 for Detroit despite combining to shoot just 11-of-34.
New York was the better team
throughout the first half, outshooting the Pistons 49 percent to 37
percent on its way to a 49-40 lead. Lee had 17 points in the half,
while Hamilton was 1-for-10 for Detroit.
The Knicks scored the first six
points of the second half to extend the margin to 15 points. The
Pistons got within nine with a full-court press, but Chris Duhon
answered with a 3-pointer.
New York led 79-66 going into the fourth, and by as many as 19 down the stretch.
Charlie Villanueva (flu) was
scoreless in 12 minutes, while Will Bynum (both ankles) sat out the
game. … The game would have matched Kwame Brown and Darko Milicic,
two of the biggest draft busts of the decade, but Milicic was inactive
for the Knicks against the team that drafted him. … Danilo Gallinari
took nine 3-point shots and just one 2-pointer.
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