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Knicks crush Pistons 121-100 to end two-game skid
Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor. Now it's right back on the road — or subway, for those so...
NEW YORK — Toasted in Texas, the New York Knicks fixed things on their home floor.
Now it's right back on the road — or subway, for those so inclined — for the first chance to claim city supremacy.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in just 32 minutes, and the Knicks ended a two-game losing streak with a 121-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Steve Novak scored a season-high 18 and JR Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who started 8-1 and had the Eastern Conference's best record before a couple of defenseless performances in Texas. They were much better Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.
"We just kind of had a lapse those two games, I would like to think, and tonight was a lot better," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
New York takes the short trip to Brooklyn on Monday to face the Nets, a game that was supposed to be the season opener for both teams and the first matchup since the Nets moved from New Jersey before it was postponed because of Superstorm Sandy.
"If we don't get up for this game, then I don't know what games we'll get up for," said Anthony, a Brooklyn native. "It's an inner-city game, New York vs. Brooklyn. To me, going back home, going back to my borough, playing my first game back there is a very special moment for myself."
• Deron Williams had 15 points, 12 assists, four blocked shots and three steals, leading Brooklyn to a 98-85 victory over visiting Portland. Joe Johnson scored 21 points and Brook Lopez had 15 for Brooklyn, which has won five straight games at Barclays Center. The 6-1 beginning on the new home court is the Nets' best start since the 2002-03 season when they won 18 of their first 19 at home.
Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star forward was out with a stiff back.
• Tony Parker scored six of his 32 points in the second overtime, Tim Duncan had 26 and visiting San Antonio beat Toronto for the fourth straight time, 111-106.
• Andre Iguodala scored 23 points, Kenneth Faried had his eighth double-double of the season and host Denver beat New Orleans 102-84. The Nuggets improved to 4-1 at home.
• Kevin Garnett had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Rajon Rondo was one rebound shy of a triple-double with 15 points and 16 assists as visiting Boston outlasted Orlando 116-110 in overtime.
• The daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale has died at 23.
Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday after being hospitalized for a condition related to lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body.
Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10.