Detroit Pistons continue to roll with 105-92 win at New York Knicks
By JEFFREY BERNSTEIN
NEW YORK — All the roster changes aren’t helping the New York Knicks get any wins.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92 on Tuesday night.
New York., featuring a starting lineup with three new players, also lost at home for a franchise-record 15th straight game.
“The second night of a back-to-back, obviously coming off a big win (against Denver) and we got a lot of momentum, too,” Griffin said. “It’s important to come out and not take any team lightly and come out and just execute, let our execution take care of the game for us.”
Reggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson each added 19 points for the Pistons.
Newcomers Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Mathews, who were acquired from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis trade last Thursday, all started for the Knicks in their second game with the team.
Smith scored 25 points and added six assists, Jordan had eight points and eight rebounds, and Mathews finished with nine points and five assists.
Griffin scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Pistons, who never trailed, led by as many as 12.
The Knicks pulled to 43-42 on Allonzo Trier’s layup with 8:07 left in the second. But Detroit scored the next six points to go up 63-54 at halftime.