The New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 125-81 win over the Detroit Pistons. The forty-four point beat down came after the Knicks lost a heart breaker to the Dallas Mavericks the night before. With this victory, the Knicks move to twenty-five and twenty-five on the season which is good enough for the seventh seed. The Knicks came out the gate strong finishing the first quarter with a 41-15 led. Julius Randle scored a team high twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Reggie Bullock poured in sixteen points in his first sixteen minutes. Bullock ended the game with twenty-two points while, also going six for ten from the three-point line.
The Detroit Pistons came into the game with a fourteen and thirty-four record which is good enough for last place in the eastern conference. Jerami Grant scored a team high 16 points. The seventh overall pick Killian Hayes played twenty minutes and did not score a single point. The Pistons are in the middle of a rebuild and are probably more concerned with the lottery then late season wins. With this Knicks victory the overall record between both teams is two hundred and eleven wins for the Knicks and one hundred and seventy-six wins for the Pistons.
Elfrid Payton had a tremendous game for the Knicks. Leading the team with nine assists and playing good defense. The Knicks generally play well when Payton is aggressively looking to attack the basket. Payton also scored eleven points and grabbed six rebounds. Immanuel Quickley was the catalyst off the bench as he finished with twelve points and five for five from the charity stripe. Derrick Rose also added seven points along with two steals.
With the game all but decided after the first quarter coach Tom Thibodeau emptied the bench. Kevin Knox scored nine points in five minutes while going three for three from the three-point line. Obi Toppin continued his mini resurgence with eight points in sixteen minutes. However, it was the newest Knick Norvel Pelle who stole the show in only three minutes of action. Pelle dislocated his finger going up for a dunk with 47.2 remaining in the game. Pelle ended up staying in the game and connecting on one of his two free throws. After hitting the free throw Pelle blocked two shots in a row. The last block led to a fast break three by Kevin Knox.
Coming Up Next
Coming up next for the Knicks is a matchup with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday April fifth. The Nets are currently first in the eastern conference with a thirty-four and fifteen record.
After the Nets game the Knicks will fly to Boston to face the Celtics on Wednesday April seventh. The Celtics currently hold the eighth seed in the eastern conference with a twenty-four and twenty-five record on the season.