The Pistons, despite holding their own with the Knicks thorough three quarters, just couldn’t keep up with the high scoring pace as Detroit dropped their third in a row to New York 106-124.

Key Points:

  • No Ben Wallace (personal reasons), no Stuckey and Rip was out with the “flu”. If Rip’s “flu” keeps lingering like this the Pistons had better call in Dr. House to get to the bottom of whatever it is that’s ailing him.
  • 91-91 at the end of the third quarter. The Pistons couldn’t go blow for blow against the high scoring Knicks. No D and a 10-2 run for New York in the fourth did the Pistons in.
  • The Pistons shot 50% for the night and 54.5% from behind the arch. And they lost!
  • Defense anyone?
  • Fifth double-double of the season for Greg Monroe who scored 15 points and grabbed 17 boards (career high). The most rebounds from a Pistons rookie since Grant Hill had 16 in his rookie season. Monroe had 14 and 16 before the third quarter but had to sit with foul trouble. It’s not just the rebounds or the points for Monroe…it’s everything he does. From the hustle to the assists (2) to the steals (2) to the tips, he’s doing it all.
  • Greg Monroe Highlights

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  • Add Russian rookie Tim Mozgov to one of those no name guys that the Pistons make look like an all-start. Mozgov averages 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10 minutes a game had a career night with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
  • The Pistons were led by the extremely hot hand of Ben Gordon, who scored 35 points and went 7-for-11 from downtown. Gordon scored 16 points in the third quarter in 42 minutes. Nice to see that shot go in like that, especially since we really haven’t seen it with Gordon in a Pistons uniform.
Ben Gordon scores 35 against the Knicks

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  • Ben Gordon Highlights

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  • Give it up to Chris Wilcox who really is becoming a sold backup for this team (though he did start in place of Ben Wallace). Chris scored 5 points with 6 boards and 4 assists in 31 minutes and did his best to help defend the beast the is Amare Stoudemire.
  • Stoudemire with 33, Gallinari with 29 and Mozgov with 23 for New York.
  • Was it me or did T-Mac look like he was exhausted by mid third quarter? He finished with 12 points, 3 boards and 3 assists.
  • Charlie Villanueva hit some timely 3′s finished with 11 points in 19 minutes.
  • Limited time for Austin Daye who was 0-for-3 in 10 minutes.
  • Maxiell fell way out of the rotation. Jason logged a whopping 26 seconds while DaJuan Summers played 12 minutes and scored 4.
  • As solid as they come, it seems like the Pistons can always count on Tayshaun Prince this season. He put up 16 points, but struggled doing it. His posterizing dunk over Gallinari…a TP classic.

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  • Despite all the drama and the Pistons record, they really seem like they are finding their way. Dare I say they have finally meshed?
  • Don’t forget that Wednesday is Pistons Social Media Night…so brave the massive blizzard that the Metro Area is bracing for and head out to the game to meet Jonas Jerebko!
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5 Responses to Despite 35 from BG the Pistons lose at MSG

  1. Detroit89 says:

    honestly the pistons played solid for the most part. for missing, Wallace, Stuckey and well Rip if you still want to count him, we played in the last few games.

    - What happened to Charlie V’s Defense, he was grabbing more boards not that long ago, but now he was not. Its nice that he comes off and scores high, but if he is not using his size then we are struggling.

    - Austin Daye is a terrific athlete but he needs to develop his game. his athleticism is true raw and needs to be developed because he has good games when he makes his shots but he needs to learn to play when there is traffic and not when there is an open shot

    - Greg Monroe played terrific but I think that he was such a good passer in college and that he has been compared to Kevin Love during college, a passing big man, he needs to start passing again. If he can average 2 more passes a game with his other numbers we will be much better team

    I think that they should adjust the line up if Stuckey or Wallace is not ready to return to this:
    PG: T-Mac
    SG: Ben Gordon
    SF; Prince
    PF: Villanueva
    C: Greg Monroe

  2. Marcell says:

    Very good article at the Detroit New this morning that says it all. I have to agree with 99% of it. It’s worth reading if your a die hard Pistons fan.
    http://www.detnews.com/article/20110131/SPORTS0102/101310354/Pistons%E2%80%99-future-hinges-on-sale

  3. Ryan says:

    It’s a shame that BG’s 35 points went to waste. Neither team played D in this one.

  4. I told you – Tim Mozgov was a force in Russia, he will put up 15+10 every night if he gets 30mins
    He’s a nice find for NY, and I wonder why NY found Mozgov without draft, summer league, SAS found Splitter, Houston found Scola and Joe D didn’t find anyone like those guys.

    I would love to have Tim in our team for his money

    He will be ok, trust me, nothing strange he had 23+14 against our soft forwards

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