Rodney Stuckey leads Detroit to victory over New York
Rodney Stuckey, a former standout for Eastern Washington and Kentwood High School in Covington, scored 21 points to lead the Detroit Pistons over the New York Knicks 92-86.
The Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Rodney Stuckey, Josh Smith and the Detroit Pistons finally went up against a team they could handle defensively.
That would be Carmelo Anthony and the slumping, injury-riddled New York Knicks.
Stuckey, a former standout for Eastern Washington and Kentwood High in Covington, scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Pistons beat the Knicks 92-86 on Tuesday night.
It was Detroit’s first victory in its last eight games against New York.
Smith added 19 points for the Pistons, who had allowed at least 109 points to four of their previous five opponents. They held New York to 43 percent shooting.
“We’re long, we’re athletic,” Smith said. “There shouldn’t be a reason why we can’t do that each and every night.”
Detroit led 71-63 after three quarters and scored the first seven points of the fourth.
Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points. New York (3-7) has lost three in a row.
Stuckey started the fourth quarter with a fadeaway, and after Amare Stoudemire was called for a technical, Stuckey’s free throw pushed the lead to 11. Stuckey added a 17-footer and Andre Drummond’s dunk made it 78-63.
“My role is to come off the bench and just bring energy, and that’s what I’m trying to do this year,” said Stuckey, who made 8 of 14 shots.
Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said of Stuckey: “We kept the ball in his hands and he made plays for us.”
Heat beats Hawks
MIAMI – Chris Bosh scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers went on a personal 9-0 run in a 39-second spurt of the pivotal third quarter, and the two-time defending-champion Miami Heat topped the Atlanta Hawks 104-88 for its fourth straight victory.
• Ex-Seattle Prep standout Martell Webster scored 17 points, including five three-point baskets, to help host Washington beat Minnesota 104-100.
• DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 12 rebounds, leading Sacramento over visiting Phoenix 107-104.
Former Washington Husky Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for the Kings.
• The league has suspended Memphis guard Tony Allen one game without pay for kicking Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul in the face.
Allen was given a flagrant-2 foul and ejected after his left leg caught Paul’s face with 1:51 left in the first quarter of Memphis’ 106-102 victory on Monday in Los Angeles.