New York Knicks pull out 95-92 victory over Detroit Pistons in last minute
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Julius Randle and the New York Knicks took advantage of Andre Drummond’s absence.
With the game on the line, Randle and Mitchell Robinson came up with crucial offensive rebounds, and Randle made a bank shot with 13.5 seconds left that helped New York hold on for a 95-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.
The Knicks have won a season-high four straight.
The Pistons are a shell of the team that began the season in Detroit. Blake Griffin has been out because of left knee surgery, and the Pistons traded Drummond to Cleveland on Thursday. With Drummond gone, New York had 16 offensive rebounds to Detroit’s three.
“My mindset was if I wasn’t the one attacking, getting the shot, if it comes off the rim, I’m going to get it no matter what,” Randle said. “Just down the stretch, we all made winning plays and did the right thing.”
Randle scored 17 points. The Knicks led 91-89 when he made his bank shot inside to push the lead to four. Replays showed Detroit’s Thon Maker appeared to take an arm to the face on the play, but it was not considered reviewable.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey said Maker lost three teeth on the play.
Christian Wood made a 3-pointer for Detroit to cut the lead to one, but Reggie Bullock of the Knicks made two free throws with 7.3 seconds left for the final margin.
Reggie Jackson missed a last-second 3-pointer that would have tied it.
“They got after it and we gave up a lot of offensive boards,” Jackson said. “Second-chance opportunities — they got 17 points, so that’s very difficult.”