The Knicks traveled over to London and thrashed the Detroit Pistons in the O2 Arena. Fortunately, it counted as a home game for Detroit. The Knicks raced out to an early 16-2 lead. Carmelo Anthony was hot early and often, scoring 26 points on 19 shots. Amar'e Stoudemire added 17, making 11 of his 12 free throws.
The Knicks turned the ball over and didn't shoot too effectively from three, but this resulted in a rare win. The Pistons sputtered on offense for much of the game. Detroit cut the lead to four in the third quarter on the back of tiny guard Will Bynum, who ended with 22 points.
Iman Shumpert made his return from a serious knee injury in London. He scored 8 points in 12 minutes. Perhaps, his presence helped the Knicks show rare flashes of brilliance int he first quarter. After the lead was cut in the third, the Knicks clamped down on defense and moved the ball well on offense. The Pistons couldn't hang. The Knicks won 102-87. New York is now 25-12.
Steve Novak hit double figures, nailing 3 of his 6 threes for 13 points. J.R. Smith added 16, but missed 9 of his 15 attempts. He's been in a bit of a shooting slump of late.