Knicks Win Double OT Nail Biter Over Pistons

The Knicks 125-116 win against the Pistons was truly a nail biter; not only because it took them two overtimes to come away with the victory, but because that same victory almost alluded them numerous times.

The team failed to put the game away from the beginning, never pulling away from a Pistons team that the ever improving Knicks should expect to beat. Instead, four out of five Knicks’ starters played 50+ plus minutes as they grinded out a win, fighting tooth and nail with a Pistons’ squad that is led by aging stars Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

The Knicks also received a blast from their not so pleasant (yet, not so far behind) past as Tracy McGrady scorched them for a season-high 13 points, all in the first half. T-Mac looked the best he’s looked dating back to his Knicks debut of 26 points in February.

It was Prince, however, who was the thorn in the Knicks’ side late in the game. On his way to 31 points (his highest scoring output since a career-high 34 points during his 2007-08 season debut), Prince knocked down jumpers and drove into the lane again and again, connecting on each shot almost unconsciously. He also single-handedly kept his team in the game, hitting clutch shots to send the game to an initial overtime, and then a second one after that.

The Knicks are lucky Prince and the Pistons finally ran out of gas in the second-overtime, as the Knicks looked equally as exhausted towards the end. Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, and Wilson Chandler all hit big time three pointers to finally put the Pistons away.

With Ronny Turiaf and Toney Douglas both sitting out due to injury, Coach D’Antoni was forced to play his starters (whom included Wilson Chandler, in for Turiaf) extra minutes, seemingly overexerting them all.

Amare Stoudemire led four Knicks with 20+ points, scoring 37 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and dishing out a season high 7 assists in a career high 54 minutes. Gallinari and Chandler both added 20 points a piece.

Raymond Felton, the Knicks rapidly improving floor general, played through a stomach flu of his own, dishing and swishing for 23 points and 11 points in 53 minutes. It will be interesting if Monday’s day off will be enough for Felton to be ready again to play against the Nets on Tuesday.

The lack of bodies did, however, mean increased time on the court for non-rotation players Roger Mason Jr. and Anthony Randolph. Shawne Williams also made his Knicks debut, tipping in a basket for 2 points in six plus minutes.

Rookie Racket: Landry Fields continued his impressive play as an unsung hero for the Knicks, scoring 16 points, also contributing 11 boards and 6 dimes in 51 minutes, the most by a NBA rookie since Derrick Rose’s 55 in 2009, the latter part of his rookie year.

As impressive as Fields has been, that’s how detrimental Timofey Mozgov has been. Mozgov continued to rack up the turnovers with three (and three fouls, too) in just 8 minutes. He does the Knicks more bad than good on the court. The D-League and/or more developmental time in practice should seriously be considered.