Andre Drummond scored 17 points, pulled down 26 rebounds, blocked three shots and recorded two steals as the Detroit Pistons dominated the New York Knicks in the second half to earn a 96-85 victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan Monday night.
Drummond shot six-of-nine from the floor and hit five of his seven free throw attempts. His 26 rebounds were a career-high.
The Knicks got off to a fantastic start. Carmelo Anthony scored 10 points in the first quarter and the Knicks took a 28-20 lead after one. The Pistons cut the lead to the five by the break and exploded for 57 second-half points while holding the Knicks to just 41.
Anthony finished with 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who was inserted into the starting lineup, scored 22 points and pulled down six rebounds. J.R. Smith was also placed in the starting lineup. He finished with 16 points, but shot just five-of-17 from the field.
Guards Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey came off the bench to score 16 points apiece while Josh Smith added 15 points and six rebounds.
Greg Monroe (11 points, nine rebounds) and Brandon Jennings (nine points, 11 assists) each fell just short of a triple double.
The Pistons improve to 24-36 and the Knicks fall to 21-40.