Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Andre Drummond added 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons handed the Knicks their 14th straight loss, 105-92, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 points in his second game for the Knicks, who have also lost a franchise-record 15 straight at home. Mitchell Robinson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Knox scored 11 points.
The Knicks haven’t won since Jan. 4 against the Lakers in Los Angeles. Their last win at The Garden was a 136-134 overtime victory against Milwaukee on Dec. 1.
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 minutes 7 seconds left in the second quarter. However, Detroit scored the next 6 points and pushed its lead to 63-54 at halftime.
The Knicks pulled to 70-67 on Smith’s 3-pointer midway through the third but still trailed 78-71 heading into the fourth.
The Pistons scored the first 5 points of the final quarter and took another 12-point lead.
Damyean Dotson’s 3 got the Knicks within 3 with 7:52 remaining. However, Detroit scored the next 8 points and went on to take a game-high 14-point lead at 100-86 on Jackson’s two free throws with just under two minutes remaining.
MOORE ON HIATUS Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming W.N.B.A. season, seeking more time to devote to her family and her faith.
Moore announced Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune website that she’ll sit out in 2019. She already had taken the fall and winter off from international competition. The five-time first-team All-W.N.B.A. honoree has helped the Lynx win four championships since her rookie year, 2011.
“The success that I’ve been a part of in basketball truly blows my mind every time I think about it,” Moore said in her post. “But the main way I measure success in life is something I don’t often get to emphasize explicitly through pro ball.”
Raised by a single mother with strong Christian beliefs, Moore has spoken often about her desire for a well-rounded life steered by biblical principles . Without citing specifics, said she planned to invest time in “some ministry dreams that have been stirring in my heart for many years.”
Reforming the justice system has been a particular passion of hers.
“I’m sure this year will be hard in ways that I don’t even know yet, but it will also be rewarding in ways I’ve yet to see, too,” Moore wrote.
“I’m thankful to my Lynx family and others close to me who have been walking with me during this shift, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Last season was only the second time since Moore was drafted first overall that the Lynx didn’t reach the W.N.B.A. finals.
She has missed one game in eight seasons, with career averages of 18.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The 29-year-old, who won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2014, expressed her fatigue — and her eagerness for some extended rest — near the end of the 2018 season.
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