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Pistons hand Knicks 15th straight loss, 120-103

DETROIT (AP) It was another relaxing fourth quarter for Blake Griffin.

Andre Drummond had 29 points and 20 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed New York its 15th straight loss, beating the Knicks 120-103 on Friday night. The Knicks rallied from a 21-point second-quarter deficit, tying the game in the third. But Detroit avoided a repeat of its collapse last weekend against the Los Angeles Clippers, when the Pistons lost after leading by 25.

Since that game, Detroit has won three in a row, and in two of those victories - including Friday's - the game was so lopsided down the stretch that Griffin didn't play at all in the final period.

''Beyond the wins, we're playing with the right spirit and playing basketball the right way,'' Griffin said. ''The basketball gods reward you when you play the right way, and being able to take a fourth quarter off has been really nice - especially at this time of the season.''

Griffin scored 26 points for the Pistons, who traded Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson in deadline deals but kept enough of their top players to make a postseason berth still plausible. Detroit began the day 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.

The Knicks have lost 28 of their last 30, and they looked overmatched at the start against Detroit, falling behind 21-5. It was 41-22 after one quarter, and the Pistons led 63-54 at halftime. Drummond had 20 points at the break.

New York kept chipping away in the third, but Detroit eventually recovered, leading 89-84 after three and pushing the lead back to double digits relatively quickly in the fourth.

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 31 points for the Knicks.

''We've just got to bring that intensity every night and if we do that, I think the wins will start to pile up,'' Smith said. ''Tonight, I thought we brought it, but it was on me. I've got to make free throws.''

AT THE LINE

The Knicks finished 26 of 41 on free throws, and Smith was 11 of 19. He went 1 of 6 in the fourth.

''It just ends up breaking you when you don't hit those shots, especially after you gain so much momentum fighting back,'' New York coach David Fizdale said. ''But, I was pretty proud of the way the kids battled back and got themselves into that game.''

NEW ARRIVALS

The Pistons acquired Thon Maker and Svi Mykhailiuk in their trades. Both played sparingly Friday. Maker was scoreless and Mykhailiuk made a 3-pointer .

LOOKING BETTER

Point guard Reggie Jackson's struggles have exemplified Detroit's disappointing season so far, but he seems to be playing better of late. He scored 20 points with six assists Friday.

''Since the last month, or last three weeks at least, he's got a bounce to him and he is making good decisions,'' coach Dwane Casey said. ''Defensively he is chesting up people, making sure he gets in the pick-and-rolls, but most of all he is making good decisions with the basketball.''

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York has been without Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) and Frank Ntilikina (sore groin).

Pistons: It was a league-high ninth 20-20 game for Drummond this season and his 29th overall. Since the 1988-89 season, only Dwight Howard (51) and Shaquille O'Neal (34) have more.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Toronto on Saturday night.

Pistons: Host Washington on Monday night.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox  
11:23   Noah Vonleh missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
11:20   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
11:20 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 1-0
11:20   Dennis Smith Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:17   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
10:59   Reggie Jackson missed reverse layup  
10:57   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:55 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk 1-2
10:42   Shooting foul on Noah Vonleh  
10:42 +1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 1-3
10:42 +1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 1-4
10:29   Noah Vonleh missed hook shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:19 +2 Reggie Jackson made driving layup 1-6
10:08 +2 DeAndre Jordan made layup, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 3-6
10:03   Shooting foul on Kevin Knox  
10:03 +1 Andre Drummond made 1st of 2 free throws 3-7
10:03 +1 Andre Drummond made 2nd of 2 free throws 3-8
9:49   Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:45   Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
9:41   Dennis Smith Jr. missed driving layup, blocked by Andre Drummond  
9:34   Reggie Jackson missed driving layup  
9:30   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
9:31 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot 3-10
9:20   Personal foul on Blake Griffin  
9:05   DET team rebound  
8:54 +3 Reggie Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Griffin 3-13
8:51   Offensive foul on DeAndre Jordan  
8:43 +2 Blake Griffin made jump shot, assist by Langston Galloway 3-15
8:32   Kevin Knox missed floating jump shot  
8:32   NY team rebound  
8:30 +2 Damyean Dotson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Knox 5-15
7:48   Lance Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
7:42 +2 Blake Griffin made layup, assist by Reggie Jackson 5-20
7:42   Shooting foul on Lance Thomas  
7:42 +1 Blake Griffin made free throw 5-21
7:25 +3 Dennis Smith Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lance Thomas 8-21
7:08 +3 Reggie Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot 8-24
6:43   Kevin Knox missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
6:33   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
6:15   Damyean Dotson missed floating jump shot  
6:15   DET team rebound  
6:03   Defensive rebound by Damyean Dotson  
5:58   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
5:58 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 9-24
5:58 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-24
5:46 +2 Blake Griffin made hook shot 10-26
5:33   Lance Thomas missed hook shot  
5:31   Personal foul on Dennis Smith Jr.  
5:20 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 10-28
4:55   Lance Thomas missed driving dunk  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Reggie Jackson  
4:48   Bad pass turnover on Reggie Jackson, stolen by Dennis Smith Jr.  
4:45 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made dunk 12-28
4:23 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Langston Galloway 12-30
4:05 +2 Lance Thomas made jump shot, assist by Mitchell Robinson 14-30
3:57   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
3:50   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
3:50   Dennis Smith Jr. missed 1st of 3 free throws  
3:50   NY team rebound  
3:50 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 2nd of 3 free throws 15-30
3:50 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 3rd of 3 free throws 16-30
3:38   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:34   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
3:20   Shooting foul on Luke Kennard  
3:20 +1 Mitchell Robinson made 1st of 2 free throws 17-30
3:20 +1 Mitchell Robinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-30
3:10   Personal foul on Kadeem Allen  
3:10 +1 Ish Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 18-31
3:10 +1 Ish Smith made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-32
2:45   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup  
2:44   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
2:43 +2 Mitchell Robinson made dunk 20-32
2:30 +2 Ish Smith made driving layup 20-34
2:13   Mario Hezonja missed turnaround jump shot  
2:12   NY team rebound  
2:12   Personal foul on Blake Griffin  
2:12 +1 Mitchell Robinson made 1st of 2 free throws 21-34
2:12 +1 Mitchell Robinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-34
1:49   Luke Kennard missed jump shot, blocked by Mitchell Robinson  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
1:40   Lance Thomas missed driving dunk, blocked by Andre Drummond  
1:35   Mitchell Robinson missed dunk  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
1:32 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 22-37
1:05   Mario Hezonja missed layup  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Thon Maker  
1:00   Luke Kennard missed hook shot  
0:59   Offensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
0:57   Luke Kennard missed dunk  
0:57   DET team rebound  
0:52 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Luke Kennard 22-39
0:37   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
0:31   Lost ball turnover on Ish Smith, stolen by Mario Hezonja  
0:27   Out of bounds turnover on Allonzo Trier  
0:11 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Luke Kennard 22-41
0:02   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   DET team rebound  
11:28   Luke Kennard missed jump shot, blocked by Mitchell Robinson  
11:26   Offensive rebound by Ish Smith  
11:23   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Mitchell Robinson  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Allonzo Trier  
11:10   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup, blocked by Zaza Pachulia  
11:05   Khyri Thomas missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Personal foul on Luke Kennard  
10:50   Mario Hezonja missed driving layup, blocked by Zaza Pachulia  
10:45 +2 Khyri Thomas made layup, assist by Ish Smith 22-43
10:31   Kadeem Allen missed floating jump shot  
10:28   Offensive rebound by Kadeem Allen  
10:26 +2 Kadeem Allen made dunk 24-43
10:12   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Robinson  
10:04 +2 Mitchell Robinson made alley-oop shot, assist by Allonzo Trier 26-43
9:58   Offensive foul on Thon Maker  
9:58   Offensive foul on Thon Maker  
9:20   Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:16   Defensive rebound by Kadeem Allen  
8:59 +3 Allonzo Trier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kadeem Allen 32-43
8:36 +2 Zaza Pachulia made dunk, assist by Svi Mykhailiuk 32-45
8:16   Bad pass turnover on Allonzo Trier, stolen by Khyri Thomas  
8:10   Glenn Robinson III missed layup  
8:09   Offensive rebound by Glenn Robinson III  
8:09   Out of bounds turnover on Glenn Robinson III  
7:59 +2 Kadeem Allen made driving layup 34-45
7:48   Zaza Pachulia missed jump shot  
7:45   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
7:33   Shooting foul on Glenn Robinson III  
7:33   DeAndre Jordan missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:33   NY team rebound  
7:33 +1 DeAndre Jordan made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-45
7:14   Out of bounds turnover on Svi Mykhailiuk  
6:56 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made jump shot 37-45
6:45   Personal foul on Mario Hezonja  
6:31   Svi Mykhailiuk missed jump shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
6:21   Personal foul on Zaza Pachulia  
6:15   Offensive foul on Kevin Knox  
6:15   Offensive foul on Kevin Knox  
6:05 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 37-47
5:31 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Reggie Jackson 37-50
5:13   Damyean Dotson missed jump shot  
5:11   Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
5:07 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made driving dunk, assist by DeAndre Jordan 39-50
4:52   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:48   Offensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
4:45   Bad pass turnover on Blake Griffin, stolen by Mario Hezonja  
4:27 +2 Kevin Knox made floating jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 41-50
4:13   Shooting foul on Damyean Dotson  
4:13 +1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 41-51
4:13 +1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-52
3:57 +2 Mario Hezonja made driving layup 43-52
3:27   Dennis Smith Jr. missed jump shot  
3:23   Offensive rebound by Dennis Smith Jr.  
3:17 +2 DeAndre Jordan made hook shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 45-54
3:17   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
3:17 +1 DeAndre Jordan made free throw 46-54
3:05   Personal foul on Mario Hezonja  
2:59 +3 Reggie Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bruce Brown 46-57
2:47   Traveling violation turnover on Dennis Smith Jr.  
2:40   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Kevin Knox  
2:28 +2 Mario Hezonja made driving layup, assist by Kevin Knox 48-57
2:23   Out of bounds turnover on Blake Griffin  
2:09 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made turnaround jump shot 50-57
1:53   Reggie Jackson missed floating jump shot  
1:50   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
1:50 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk 50-59
1:41   Personal foul on Reggie Jackson  
1:41 +1 Damyean Dotson made 1st of 2 free throws 51-59
1:41   Damyean Dotson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:39   Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
1:09   Mario Hezonja missed floating jump shot  
1:06   Offensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
1:05 +3 Dennis Smith Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Damyean Dotson 54-61
0:54   Shooting foul on Damyean Dotson  
0:54 +1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 54-62
0:54 +1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-63
0:30   Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
0:06   Reggie Jackson missed jump shot  
0:05   DET team rebound  
0:05   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:02   Bad pass turnover on Damyean Dotson, stolen by Andre Drummond  
0:00   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   DET team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
11:49 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 55-63
11:49 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-63
11:20   Damyean Dotson missed jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
11:13 +3 Blake Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot 56-68
10:57   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Knox  
10:33   Mario Hezonja missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:29   Defensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
10:13   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
10:05 +3 Damyean Dotson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 59-71
9:46   Bruce Brown missed floating jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
9:38   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
9:39 +1 Mario Hezonja made 1st of 2 free throws 59-71
9:39 +1 Mario Hezonja made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-71
9:22   Shooting foul on DeAndre Jordan  
9:22   Bruce Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:22   Bruce Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:21   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
9:10   Bad pass turnover on Dennis Smith Jr., stolen by Langston Galloway  
9:07 +2 Langston Galloway made finger-roll layup 60-73
8:53 +2 DeAndre Jordan made alley-oop shot, assist by Mario Hezonja 62-73
8:25   Offensive rebound by Blake Griffin  
8:22   Shooting foul on Kevin Knox  
8:22 +1 Blake Griffin made 1st of 2 free throws 62-74
8:22 +1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-75
8:09   Kevin Knox missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:58   Personal foul on Damyean Dotson  
7:45   Blake Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Offensive rebound by Reggie Jackson  
7:28   Andre Drummond missed hook shot, blocked by DeAndre Jordan  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
7:24   Shooting foul on Langston Galloway  
7:24 +1 Kevin Knox made 1st of 2 free throws 63-75
7:13 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made dunk 66-75
6:44   Andre Drummond missed alley-oop shot  
6:42   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
6:41   Offensive foul on DeAndre Jordan  
6:41   Offensive foul on DeAndre Jordan  
6:32 +2 Blake Griffin made alley-oop shot, assist by Andre Drummond 66-77
6:14   Personal foul on Andre Drummond  
6:05 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made driving layup 68-77
6:05   Flagrant foul on Dennis Smith Jr.  
6:05   Blake Griffin missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:05 +1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-78
5:50   Luke Kennard missed jump shot  
5:46   Defensive rebound by Mario Hezonja  
5:41 +2 DeAndre Jordan made alley-oop shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 70-78
5:23   Bruce Brown missed driving layup  
5:11   Personal foul on Zaza Pachulia  
5:11   Dennis Smith Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:11   NY team rebound  
5:11 +1 Dennis Smith Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 71-78
4:54   Blake Griffin missed jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by DeAndre Jordan  
4:44 +2 Mario Hezonja made jump shot 73-78
4:21 +2 Ish Smith made jump shot 74-80
4:03   Shooting foul on Ish Smith  
4:03 +1 DeAndre Jordan made 1st of 2 free throws 75-80
4:03 +1 DeAndre Jordan made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-80
3:43   NY team rebound  
3:33 +2 Dennis Smith Jr. made jump shot 78-80
3:17   Ish Smith missed floating jump shot  
3:17