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The New York Knicks winning streak ends at three. The rim had a permanent lid on it as the Detroit Pistons rolled over the orange and blue.

Geoffrey Campbell

The New York Knicks rode their recent wave of good play into Detroit on Tuesday night. Against the fifth team in the Eastern Conference and the league’s top rebounder in Andre Drummond, the Fiz kids continued to show fight, but could not overcome significant shooting woes on the way to their 15th loss of the season.

Most of this game was ugly, on both sides.

The Knicks shot 30 percent from the field in the first half, with few highlights. Early on, the Knicks missed some easy looks and generally struggled to find any type of offensive flow.


Allonzo Trier was the Knicks’ leading scorer with 10 points in the first half, and he finished the game with a team-high 24 points. Enes Kanter was a menace on the boards with 14 rebounds and 16 points.

On a positive note, yes, Damyean Dotson is still on this team. After four straight DNP’s Dotson was ready and contributed 17 points on eight shots. This was certainly a good sign for the culture that coach David Fizdale is trying to instill.

Previously, it was lead guard Trey Burke, who was able to contribute on a high level after receiving several DNP’s.

The Knicks also struggled with foul trouble.

Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Mario Hezonja all fouled out of the game, for Robinson, it was his second time fouling out this season. It’s hard enough to defend athletic bigs like Drummond and Blake Griffin, but even more difficult when more than half of your front-line is in foul trouble.

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For the Pistons, Griffin brought his A game with 30 points, four rebounds, and five assists. Overall, it seemed that the Pistons’ half-court offense combined with a rough shooting night were all the ingredients needed for a loss.

The Knicks will now head to Philadelphia to play the Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler led Sixers on their fifth back-to-back of the season.

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