Knicks caught short, 105-79

first_imgNEW YORK – Larry Brown knows what the Pistons have, and he knows what the Knicks were missing. So he wasn’t surprised by what he saw Thursday night. Richard Hamilton scored 26 points, Rasheed Wallace added 23, and Detroit beat undermanned and overmatched New York 105-79 for its sixth consecutive victory. With Antonio Davis suspended for going into the stands the night before in Chicago and leading scorer Stephon Marbury still injured, the Knicks trailed by as many as 30 points and matched their worst loss of the season. They have dropped four in a row in a span of five nights. “It was like the JV against the varsity,” said Brown, who coached the Pistons the last two seasons. “I think they could’ve beaten us by 50.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardMarbury sprained his left shoulder in Monday’s loss to Minnesota, and Davis was ejected from Wednesday’s overtime loss in Chicago for entering the stands to confront a fan he thought was harassing his wife. Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Thursday. The Knicks were forced to start three rookies for the first time in 20 years against what many consider the NBA’s best starting five. “They just did anything they wanted,” Brown said. “Rip could have had 100, actually. It hurts us not having Steph and Tony, but then again they’re at a whole different level than we are right now.” Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points for the Pistons, who have won both meetings this season against Brown. Eddy Curry scored 26 points for New York and Channing Frye had 15. center_img “When a team is short-handed, you can’t allow them to hang around and feed off their emotions,” Pistons center Ben Wallace said. “Knowing that they got guys out, guys want to come out and play a little extra hard, try to pick it up. You can’t afford to let those type teams hang around too long.” Hamilton had 16 points at halftime, shooting 7 of 9. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more