Tony Snell connected from beyond the arc to open the scoring in the first few seconds of the game.
Little did anyone realize he was on his way to a memorable night.
Snell scored 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting, and the short-handed Detroit Pistons had little trouble with New York, beating the Knicks 122-102 on Wednesday. Snell made six 3-pointers, becoming the first player in franchise history to shoot 100 percent from the field with at least six 3s.
He was only the ninth player in NBA history to do it.
“They just depend on me to go out there and do what I do best and shoot the ball. The best way to do it is to have ball movement,” Snell said. “They’re very confident in me. I’m confident as well.”
Andre Drummond had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists, and Markieff Morris added 22 points for Detroit. The Pistons played without their injured trio of Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, and Reggie Jackson. Detroit still shot 56 percent from the field and dropped the Knicks to an NBA-worst 1-7.
New York’s Mitchell Robinson left the game with concussion-like symptoms.
The Pistons have won eight straight meetings with New York.
Detroit led 64-59 at halftime. It was 74-72 when Morris made a 3-pointer while being fouled. It was ruled a flagrant foul on Julius Randle, and after Morris made the free throw for a four-point play, Drummond added a layup immediately after.
“It’s tough to weather a six-point play,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “It’s actually the first game I’ve seen it since I’ve been coaching.”
That sequence started a 10-0 run that pushed the lead into double digits.
Langston Galloway also had a four-point play for the Pistons in the fourth quarter.
Randle led the Knicks with 20 points, and Marcus Morris contributed 18.
SHARING THE BALL
The Pistons had a season-high 37 assists, even though they were playing without some of their most experienced playmakers. Drummond finished one assist short of a career-high. Luke Kennard had 12 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Galloway and Bruce Brown had six assists apiece.
“The ball was moving; they found the open person. It didn’t stick,” coach Dwane Casey said. “Guys didn’t drive in the paint and take midrange shots. I thought we did a better job with our shot spectrum tonight, and that’s where the rhythm of the shots came.”
Snell wasn’t the only player making outside shots for Detroit. Morris made four 3-pointers, and the Pistons were 15 for 30 from long range as a team.
“These are the best players in the world. They hit shots,” Knicks guard RJ Barrett said. “I think Tony Snell didn’t miss a shot today. But it happens. That’s basketball. Life happens, and we’ve just got to move to the next one.”
Knicks: New York was without Dennis Smith (personal reasons), Kadeem Allen (right foot strain), Elfrid Payton (right hamstring strain) and Reggie Bullock (cervical disk herniation).
Pistons: Griffin hasn’t played this season because of hamstring and knee issues. Jackson, who has had back problems, has only appeared in two games. Rose missed a third straight game with a right hamstring strain. Detroit was also without Tim Frazier, who has a right shoulder strain.
Knicks: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Pistons: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
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