Coming into this game, the Pistons had held two straight opponents under 85 points, which is a sharp contrast to their opening night performance against the Toronto Raptors.
While they didn’t hold the star-studded New York Knicks to under 85, they did something that’s arguably more impressive. The Pistons didn’t allow the Knicks to score a single point in the final five minutes and 40 seconds of Tuesday’s ball game. A team with Carmelo Anthony (one of the greatest scorers the game has ever seen), Derrick Rose (a former league MVP), and Kristaps Porzingis (one of the brightest young stars in the NBA) couldn’t muster up a single point in almost six minutes of what was a close basketball game.
In fact, the Pistons only allowed Anthony, Rose, and Porzingis to shoot a combined 23 for 53 from the field.
Tobias Harris led the way for the Pistons, pouring in 25 points and adding 10 rebounds.
Marcus Morris chipped in with 22 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 19 of his own.
Andre Drummond was the only Pistons starter not to score double digits, but he did haul in a game-leading 13 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 24 points.
The Pistons have rode their great defense to a 3-1 record to start the season, and we will see if that continues when they take the floor Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.