NEW YORK (AP) Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Detroit Pistons erased a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks 111-107 on Saturday night.
Harris was one of the many Pistons who had little going to start the Pistons' second game in two nights, but they turned it around after halftime to spoil the Knicks' home opener.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 33 points, but New York fell to 0-2 after losing to former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City in its opener.
Andre Drummond had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost 115-111 in Washington on Friday night and seemed to have little energy left early Saturday. >> Read more
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This is as frustrating a loss as you're going to get for the Knicks. They played a tremendous first half. They were moving the ball, setting great screens, and Kristaps Porzingis was unstoppable, shooting 8 of 10 from the field for 23 points. Then everything took a tumble in a sloppy third quarter. The Knicks turned the ball over seven times and were outscored 28-16 in the third and 32-27 in the fourth.
In a tight loss like this, there's many you can point the finger at, but one of them has to be at Jeff Hornacek. The lineups and rotations he is using has been awful. How Enes Kanter was not in that game down the stretch is absolutely inexcusable. When you need buckets, Kanter was dominating the low post when he got the ball. There is no reason he should not be in that game in the final minutes. Courtney Lee should also be in down the stretch over Doug McDermott.
Also, where is Willy Hernangomez? Where is Damyean Dotson? Where is Jarrett Jack? It's hard to fathom that the three of them didn't see one second on the court. With Noah suspended, not playing Hernangomez is just foolish. With Ntilikina out, why is Jack not seeing any time? Ramon Sessions is not a scorer. The Knicks are getting almost nothing on the offensive end from the point guard position. You can go with the 'it's early' line, but Hornacek has got to realize he's got more bodies on the bench that need to be used, especially early in the season when guys are clearly fatigued and not in true game shape. Horrible coaching from Hornacek that needs to get corrected when the Knicks head to Boston Tuesday. This was a tough loss to swallow for the Knicks tonight.
The Knicks will travel to Boston to face the Celtics on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.