|Randolph leads New York Knicks to 89-65 victory over tired Detroit Pistons|
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|Monday, 14 January 2008 00:00|
At least when one of their worst nights ever was over, the Detroit Pistons finally could go home.
Zach Randolph had 25 points and eight rebounds, and New York rolled to an 89-65 victory Sunday night over weary Detroit, which barely avoided the worst offensive performance in franchise history.
With the Pistons playing the finale of a four-game, five-night road trip and coming off a 103-100 overtime victory in Charlotte on Saturday, the Knicks rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season.
``We knew they would be pretty tired and we tried to play with as much energy as we possibly could and I think we caught them on a good night,'' said Thomas, who led the Pistons to two NBA titles. ``They were a little flat and we played a good basketball game.''
In other NBA games Sunday, it was: Golden State 106, Indiana 101; the Los Angeles Lakers 100, Memphis 99; Toronto 116, Portland 109 in double-overtime; Atlanta 105, Chicago 84; and New Orleans 87, Houston 82.
Detroit needed a three-point play by Amir Johnson with 13 seconds left to avoid finishing with the lowest point total in franchise history. The Pistons shot 30.7 percent (23-of-75), matching the NBA low for field goals made in a game this season.
``They beat us bad,'' Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. ``We didn't really do anything. We gave an unacceptable effort and now we've got to bounce back.''
Antonio McDyess had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Chauncey Billups scored 14 for Detroit.
Playing without point guard Stephon Marbury, the Knicks won for just the second time in 11 games. Marbury was out with a sore left ankle, didn't watch from the bench with his teammates, and Thomas said he didn't know when he'd be back.
Lakers 100, Grizzlies 99
Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and Kwame Brown made a foul shot with 9.2 seconds remaining to help host Los Angeles win its sixth straight.
Lakers center Andrew Bynum was helped off the court with a sprained left knee early in the third quarter after coming down on teammate Lamar Odom's left foot while going for a rebound. Team spokesman John Black said X-rays were negative, but an MRI was to be taken Monday and Bynum wouldn't travel to Seattle for that night's game against the SuperSonics.
Mike Miller scored 27 points for the Grizzlies.
Warriors 106, Pacers 101
Monta Ellis scored nine of his 29 points during a fourth-quarter comeback for Golden State, and Mike Dunleavy missed a key free throw for visiting Indiana in the final seconds.
Baron Davis scored 27 points for the Warriors, who won for the third time in four games by erasing Indiana's early 17-point lead and hanging on through a tense final period.
Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost nine of 11. Dunleavy had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Raptors 116, Trail Blazers 109, 2OT
Chris Bosh had 38 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto handed visiting Portland its second loss in 19 games.
Bosh, who played 55 minutes, scored six points in the second overtime to lead the Raptors to their third straight victory. Anthony Parker finished with 25 points for Toronto and Jose Calderon added 22 points and 10 assists.
Brandon Roy had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists for Portland, and made a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 104.
Hawks 105, Bulls 84
Joe Johnson scored 37 points, including 25 in the first half, and host Atlanta ended a 12-game losing streak in the series.
The Hawks built a 22-point lead in the first half and never let the Bulls mount a serious comeback. Luol Deng led Chicago with 28 points in his return from missing three games with a sore Achilles' tendon.
In an unanimous vote by Chicago's players, rookie Joakim Noah was benched against Atlanta after a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in practice before Friday's game at Philadelphia.
Hornets 87, Rockets 82
At Houston, Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists and made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to lift New Orleans.
David West scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped the Rockets' five-game winning streak. The Hornets have won seven consecutive road games and seven of their last nine meetings with Houston, a divisional rival.
Yao Ming had 30 points, 16 rebounds and six turnovers for the Rockets, who lost for the third time in the 10 games Tracy McGrady has missed with a sore left knee.