DET
NY

No Text

Pistons come from 21 down to beat Knicks 111-107

NEW YORK (AP) Stan Van Gundy sees such a difference in his Detroit Pistons that he considered picking Andre Drummond to shoot a technical foul shot.

He's not quite ready for that, but he's already convinced this team has what last season's lacked.

''I think that anybody watching us can see a difference from what they had seen a year ago in terms of the spirit and the energy and the fight,'' Van Gundy said. ''I don't think there's any doubt about that.''

Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Pistons erased a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks 111-107 on Saturday night.

Harris was one of the many Pistons who had little going to start the Pistons' second game in two nights, but they turned it around after halftime to spoil the Knicks' home opener and improve to 2-1 after going 37-45 last season.

''All throughout last year we weren't a good team on the road so it's been a big emphasis for us to be able to grind out games on the road, not give up and really just fight them out,'' Harris said, ''and that's what we were able to do tonight.''

Kristaps Porzingis scored 33 points, but New York fell to 0-2 after losing to former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City in its opener. He thought he was fouled when Drummond blocked his shot with the Pistons up three in the final minute.

''It's good that I am able to be aggressive on the floor and score for my team,'' Porzinigis said. ''But a few of those plays at the end I got fouled.''

Drummond had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost 115-111 in Washington on Friday and seemed to have little energy left early Saturday.

But they were solid down the stretch, getting the tiebreaking three-point play from Reggie Jackson with 1:41 remaining. He closed it out with four free throws in the final eight seconds and finished with 16 points.

''We actually came to play,'' Jackson said of the difference in the second half. ''We wanted it.''

Enes Kanter had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who played without rookie Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick from France who sprained his left ankle in practice Friday.

New York led 57-36 on Kanter's three-point play, but Detroit cut it to 64-51 at halftime and had a quick start to the third quarter after Van Gundy started veteran Anthony Tolliver, who hadn't played in the first two games.

''I told the guys, defense was great but it's got to be great for 48 minutes. It can't just be for a half,'' Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''We'll get better at that.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Drummond had his 230th double-double since entering the league in 2012-13, trying Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins for most in the NBA during that span. ... The Pistons had lost their last four games in New York.

Knicks: Kyle O'Quinn scored 15 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14. ... Center Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season, didn't play.

FREE THROWS FALLING

Drummond was 3 for 3 at the line and has hit all six attempts this season after making under 40 percent each of the last three. Van Gundy overruled his assistants who wanted him to let Drummond shoot a technical, but he believes a player who was often fouled intentionally because of his poor percentage has corrected his form.

''He's going to shoot free throws well and so I'm actually hoping somebody will start grabbing him now,'' Van Gundy said.

FRUSTRATED FRANK

Ntilikina has battled injuries since not long after former team president Phil Jackson took him in the draft. He sat out summer league, and played little in the preseason. His latest injury came when he rolled his ankle when the Knicks were playing 4-on-4 at their practice facility, and Hornacek said it was easy to see the frustration in Ntilikina's face knowing he was hurt again.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host Philadelphia on Monday night.

Knicks: Visit Boston on Tuesday night.

---

For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2017 by STATS. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
K. Porzingis
6 F
38.0 Min. Per Game 38.0
31.0 Pts. Per Game 31.0
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
12.0 Reb. Per Game 12.0
55.2 Field Goal % 48.9
Three Point % 38.5
100.0 Free Throw % 78.9
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
  Team rebound 0:00
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:03
  Personal foul on Tim Hardaway Jr. 0:03
+ 3 Tim Hardaway Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 0:04
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Ramon Sessions 0:08
  Offensive rebound by Reggie Jackson 0:16
Team Stats
Points 111 107
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 37-81 (45.7%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 8-30 (26.7%)
Free Throws 14-15 (93.3%) 25-31 (80.6%)
Total Rebounds 47 50
Offensive 15 12
Defensive 28 27
Team 4 11
Assists 21 20
Steals 5 6
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 0 1
31 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
33 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
1234T
away team logo Pistons 2-1 19322832111
home team logo Knicks 0-2 28361627107
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 2-1 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 0-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Harris F PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Porzingis F 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Harris F 31 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
K. Porzingis F 33 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
48.4 FG% 45.7
30.0 3PT FG% 26.7
93.3 FT% 80.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 38 31 6 1 0 0 0 3 13/24 3/9 2/3 3 3 39 +7
A. Drummond 38 21 12 1 1 1 5 3 9/11 0/0 3/3 4 8 32 +7
R. Jackson 26 16 3 7 0 0 0 4 4/12 1/4 7/7 2 1 33 +14
S. Johnson 28 9 8 2 0 0 2 3 3/7 1/4 2/2 2 6 19 -6
A. Bradley 22 5 5 3 2 0 1 4 2/9 1/2 0/0 1 4 17 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 38 31 6 1 0 0 0 3 13/24 3/9 2/3 3 3 39 +7
A. Drummond 38 21 12 1 1 1 5 3 9/11 0/0 3/3 4 8 32 +7
R. Jackson 26 16 3 7 0 0 0 4 4/12 1/4 7/7 2 1 33 +14
S. Johnson 28 9 8 2 0 0 2 3 3/7 1/4 2/2 2 6 19 -6
A. Bradley 22 5 5 3 2 0 1 4 2/9 1/2 0/0 1 4 17 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 21 10 0 3 1 0 1 2 5/9 0/1 0/0 0 0 16 -10
A. Tolliver 19 9 4 2 0 1 0 2 3/8 3/7 0/0 1 3 18 +21
J. Leuer 19 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 1 1 12 -9
B. Marjanovic 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -6
L. Kennard 16 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 2 3 -3
H. Ellenson 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -6
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 43 21 5 2 12 25 44/91 9/30 14/15 15 28 191 +20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 34 33 5 2 1 1 2 3 11/20 3/7 8/10 0 5 42 -5
E. Kanter 23 17 10 0 0 0 1 2 7/10 0/0 3/3 5 5 26 -9
T. Hardaway Jr. 34 14 1 2 0 0 2 2 4/16 3/10 3/3 1 0 17 -7
R. Sessions 32 10 7 5 0 0 1 5 2/8 0/4 6/8 1 6 26 -11
C. Lee 28 4 2 1 2 0 3 2 2/8 0/2 0/0 0 2 7 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 34 33 5 2 1 1 2 3 11/20 3/7 8/10 0 5 42 -5
E. Kanter 23 17 10 0 0 0 1 2 7/10 0/0 3/3 5 5 26 -9
T. Hardaway Jr. 34 14 1 2 0 0 2 2 4/16 3/10 3/3 1 0 17 -7
R. Sessions 32 10 7 5 0 0 1 5 2/8 0/4 6/8 1 6 26 -11
C. Lee 28 4 2 1 2 0 3 2 2/8 0/2 0/0 0 2 7 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. O'Quinn 24 15 7 3 1 0 1 3 6/7 0/0 3/3 3 4 28 +5
M. Beasley 17 6 4 1 1 0 1 1 2/6 0/2 2/4 1 3 12 +4
D. McDermott 27 5 3 1 1 1 0 2 2/5 1/4 0/0 1 2 12 +1
R. Baker 15 3 0 5 0 0 1 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 12 +7
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 39 20 6 2 12 21 37/81 8/30 25/31 12 27 182 -20