The Knicks couldn't hang on to their fourth-quarter lead as the Pistons won a back-and-forth game, 104-101, in Detroit.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 29 points on 12-for-28 shooting, including nine rebounds and two assists.
Enes Kanter poured in 22 points on 11-of-17 shooting, while Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott notched 16 and 10 points respectively.
The game came down to the wire with the Knicks down just one with under thirty seconds to go. However, Lee had his layup blocked, which forced more free throws with 14 seconds left to go.
After the Pistons made both, the Knicks looked to tie the game in the final seconds. But Lee, once again, couldn't get a good look, and Porzingis' desperate attempt from half court didn't hit the rim.
It was yet another road loss for the Knicks, who are now 2-10 in away games.
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That was a tough loss to swallow.
The Pistons dominated the first half of this game for the most part. The Knicks dominated the third quarter. The fourth quarter was back and forth, and then the Knicks really choked down the stretch. They had numerous chances to win this game, and made some poor decisions trying to close the game out.
That ending was difficult to watch as they couldn't even get a shot off. Lee tried to play hero ball, and turned it over twice. He has got to find Porzingis there or the open man, and he failed both times. That's an inexcusable final two possessions for the Knicks.
It was nice to see Porzingis rebound from a career bad game last night, and score 39. He had some questionable shot selections, but he should have had the ball those last couple of possessions. Also, why is Michael Beasley not in the game on those final possessions? That's horrible coaching from Jeff Hornacek. No other way to slice it. Beasley drops 32 points last night, and only sees the floor 13 minutes tonight. There is no reason on two offensive possessions when you need a bucket that he isn't on the floor. Hornacek has done a bad job at times making adjustments in games, and had some questionable moves once again tonight.
The saga continues. The Knicks are now 2-10 on the road. They can't find a way to win games away from MSG, and it's going to continue to haunt them. They had a chance tonight to get into the top five in the standings in the East. Instead, they continue to prove they can only win at home. Six of the next eight Knicks games are on the road, so this stretch coming up is a pivotal point of the season. If they continue losing on the road, they'll be a sub-.500 team.
Something has got to give.
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What's Next: The Knicks take on the Sixers at Madison Square Garden on Christmas at noon.