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PAST THE PASSIVE KNICKS<<
@ NEW YORK, NY:
The Pistons reduced their magic
number to one to clinch their eighth
consecutive playoff appearance with
a 113-86 rout of the Knickerbockers
Wednesday night at Madison Square
The Knicks were only observers
as the Pistons raced to a 10-0 lead in
the game's first 2.1/2-mins and went
up 30-9 on a Rasheed Wallace 3-pointer with 2:45 left in the 1st-Qtr. Detroit's
bulge was 37-20 entering the 2nd-Qtr, 63-39 at the half and the Pistons led by
as many as 32-P.
The Pistons sank 10 of their first 12 shots from the field and 22 of their
first 33 before going 49-for-91 (53.8%) over the entire length of the contest.
Detroit deadlocked Chicago for seventh seed in the NBA Eastern Conference
race and can clinch at least 8th place with a win or a Charlotte Bobcats loss
Rip Hamilton topped Detroit with 22-P. Tayshaun Prince had 15-P and
Rodney Stuckey 14-P. Wallace also scored 14-P and grabbed 12-RB. Antonio
McDyess had 13-P with a game-high 16-RB. Walter Herrmann had 10-P to make
it six Pistons in double figures. Hamilton and Stuckey had a co-game-high of
Al Harrington scored a game-high 26-P while Wilson Chandler added 23-P
for New York. The next best Knick was David Lee with 9-P.
The Knicks lost for the 12th time in 14 games and must win their last three
to avoid another 50-defeat season.
PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY: "I think the focus today was really good...They
got some threes off, but for the most part we contested them and got some rebounds.
We had a lot of rebounds tonight over the rim, and that tells me that my guys have
their legs under them."
PISTONS GD RIP HAMILTON: "It was a big win. It was important for us to jump out
early because of the way we played here last time. The way they beat us on our
home floor we wanted to really come out aggressive and I thought we did a good job
with that...We had everybody healthy, everyone was out there playing and feeding
off each other. The ball moved and guys made plays to each other and I think that
was the key. Every time you play on the road you have to silence the crowd early
and I thought the guys did a great job moving the ball and defending. Rasheed Wallace
and Antonio McDyess did a great job on the boards and I think that was the key.”
KNICKS FWD WILSON CHANDLER: "Today we were drained. We didn’t have any energy.
They played good. They played how they were supposed to and we didn’t...It’s really
disappointing. There’s nothing we can do about it now, the game’s over.”
KNICKS GD CHRIS DUHON: "We can’t really say anything. We just have to try and play
a better half, and try not to get embarrassed. We just didn’t have the energy tonight
...we didn’t talk defensively, and its tough to comeback on a team, especially a playoff
team when you give them an opportunity to get a rhythm going...We obviously had our
opportunities to make the playoffs, obviously had our opportunities to have a better
record. But its just frustrating, the little things we weren’t able to do consistently
through out the year.”
The Pistons earned a 2-2 season series sweep with New York. The Knicks haven't
won a season series from Detroit since 2000-01 (2-1).
The Pistons host New Jersey in a one-game Palace homestand Friday night.
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