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New York Knicks Defeat Detroit Pistons 102-87 in London

January 17th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
By Pete Kennedy

An all-around offensive and defensive performance lead New York Knicks to an easy win over the Detroit Pistons. 102-87 was the final score and it was not close from the start. New York Knicks jumped out to an early lead thanks to great shooting early and never looked back. 

The return of Iman Shumpert was successful, he played 15 minutes as planned and was very effective on both ends of the floor. He had 8 points on 3/7 shooting (2/3 3PT) along with an assist, a block, a steal, and 0 turnovers. Iman Shumpert also had a +11 for the game. As usual, the energetic Shumpert was active defensively and it didn't look like there was too much rust in his game. A very promising play was when he leaped over a defender in the attempt to dunk. Though he missed, his elevation and explosion were clear and it didn't look like he was thinking about his knee too much. 

Though Iman Shumperts haircut and return were exciting, it was Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire who carried the team offensively. They had 26 and 17 respectively and were two of five Knicks in double figures. This was one of Amare Stoudemires best scoring games since his return. He was 3/5 from the field but his great success came at the free throw line, he was 11/12. 

New York Knicks had great success with getting to the free throw line, lead by Amare Stoudemire. The team was 25/31 from the line and made more FT's then the Detroit Pistons attempted. 

New York Knicks won by 15, but the game wasn't even that close. Detroit Pistons had one run where they brought the game within 8 lead by backup PG Will Bynum who had 22 in the game. But, in the end it was somewhat of a blowout. 

Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler return to London, to the same court they won gold and didn't miss a beat. The two Olympians help lead the Knicks to their second straight win and what looks like the end to a rough patch for this team. 

The New York Knicks next play cross-town Brooklyn Nets for game 3 of the season this Monday. Expect a high energy game as the battle of New York will end after this game. 

Tags: Amare Stoudemire, Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Detroit Pistons, Iman Shumpert, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Tyson Chandler

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