Griffin scores 30, Pistons beat Knicks 115-108

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 28, 2018 11:01 AM
Griffin scores 30, Pistons beat Knicks 115-108
FILE - Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Noah Trister, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Stanley Johnson added 21 to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 115-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).

Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points for Detroit. The Pistons held New York to 40 percent shooting from the field and led throughout the final three quarters.

Allonzo Trier scored 24 points for the Knicks, who had won a season-high three in a row.

The Pistons (11-7) are off to a solid start under new coach Dwane Casey, although nine of their victories have been against teams that currently have losing records.

The Knicks (7-15) took an early 13-5 lead, but Detroit was up 24-19 at the end of the first quarter, and the Pistons never relinquished the lead.

New York shot 15-of-50 in the first half and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. It was 51-43 at the half, and the Pistons stretched the lead to back to as much as 18 in the fourth.

The Knicks had the deficit down to seven when Johnson came leaping from behind to block Trier's layup attempt with about 30 seconds to play in the game.

REUNION

New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke and Detroit's Glenn Robinson III were teammates on Michigan's 2013 Final Four team. It wasn't a great night for that trio, which combined to shoot 6 of 24 from the field. Hardaway did have 19 points.

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York was without F-C Kristaps Porzingis (left knee), G Courtney Lee (neck) and F Lance Thomas (left knee). ... Mitchell Robinson, New York's 7'1" rookie, fouled out with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter after having only two fouls at halftime. Noah Vonleh also fouled out with 2:29 to go in the fourth, and Mario Hezonja picked up his sixth foul in the final minute.

Pistons: Detroit was missing G Luke Kennard (right shoulder).

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).

Pistons: Host Chicago on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

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