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Knicks get back on track

NEW YORK — Tyson Chandler had 15 points and tied a season high with 17 rebounds, and the Knicks rebounded from their first loss under interim coach Mike Woodson by routing the Pistons for the third time this season, 101-79 Saturday night.

Amare Stoudemire scored 17 for the Knicks, who are 6-1 since Mike D'Antoni resigned. They lost 96-79 Friday night in Toronto but had no trouble with Detroit for the third time in three meetings this season.

Carmelo Anthony finally got his shot to fall in the third quarter and finished with 15 points, and Jeremy Lin had 13. The bench put it away early in the fourth, allowing some banged-up Knicks to get some extra rest. Lin sat with a sore left knee but could have returned, and Stoudemire went out with a sore lower back and the Knicks said at the time his return was questionable.

Ben Gordon scored 20 for Detroit, which lost its fifth straight.

The Knicks went in a half-game ahead of the Bucks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into a potential pivotal meeting Monday night at Madison Square Garden, exactly one month before the regular season ends. Milwaukee has won the first two matchups and could clinch the season-series tiebreaker.

The Pistons were playing without guards Rodney Stuckey (sore left big toe) and Will Bynum (virus) and lacked energy during a difficult portion of their schedule. They came home from a five-game Western trip to lose to Miami on Friday, then went right back on the road to open a four-game trip Saturday.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Blake Griffin had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists and the host Clippers ended their first three-game losing streak of the season with a dominating 101-85 victory over the Grizzlies. … Joe Johnson scored nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3 in the final minute, and the visiting Hawks erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Wizards 95-92. … Deron Williams had 19 points and matched his season high with 14 assists as the host Nets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over the Bobcats.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls star Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game because of a right groin injury, and there is no timetable for his return. … Spurs guard Tony Parker returned after missing Friday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. Guard Manu Ginobili sat out while he recovers from a hip problem. … Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was out of the starting lineup because of a left ankle injury and fell one start short of tying the franchise record. DeRozan had started 130 straight games; Toronto's record is 131 by Alvin Williams.

Late Friday: The Timberwolves' Kevin Love doesn't have the flashiest game in the league, but he put up a pretty flashy number against the host Thunder, scoring 51 and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 149-140 double-overtime loss to the best team in the West. It was a franchise record for single-game scoring.

Knicks 101, Pistons 79

DETROIT (79): Maxiell 2-4 0-0 4, Prince 2-10 2-3 6, Monroe 5-10 2-2 12, Knight 4-11 0-0 9, Gordon 7-13 2-2 20, Jerebko 2-5 4-4 8, Russell Jr. 0-3 0-0 0, Wilkins 2-6 4-6 8, Daye 3-7 0-0 7, Wallace 0-1 0-2 0, Villanueva 1-6 3-3 5. Totals 28-76 17-22 79.

NEW YORK (101): Anthony 5-12 5-6 15, Stoudemire 7-10 3-4 17, Chandler 5-8 5-10 15, Lin 3-6 5-6 13, Fields 1-3 0-0 2, Smith 6-14 1-1 14, Shumpert 3-7 0-0 6, Novak 3-6 0-1 8, Davis 2-5 0-0 5, Harrellson 2-4 0-2 4, Bibby 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-78 19-30 101.

Detroit 17 20 24 18— 79

New York 21 28 27 25— 101

3-Point GoalsDetroit 6-19 (Gordon 4-8, Daye 1-2, Knight 1-3, Russell Jr. 0-1, Villanueva 0-2, Prince 0-3), New York 6-20 (Lin 2-4, Novak 2-5, Davis 1-3, Smith 1-6, Bibby 0-1, Anthony 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 40 (Wallace 7), New York 64 (Chandler 17). AssistsDetroit 13 (Russell Jr. 4), New York 20 (Fields 4). Total FoulsDetroit 19, New York 22. TechnicalsPrince, Detroit defensive three second. A19,763 (19,763).

Clippers 101, Grizzlies 85

MEMPHIS (85): Gay 4-9 2-3 11, Randolph 6-16 2-2 14, Gasol 3-12 0-0 6, Conley 4-6 0-0 9, Allen 3-5 4-4 11, Cunningham 0-3 0-0 0, Arenas 1-5 0-0 2, Speights 3-4 1-2 7, Mayo 5-12 1-3 13, Pargo 1-3 0-0 3, Haddadi 0-0 0-0 0, Pondexter 3-3 0-0 9. Totals 33-78 10-14 85.

L.A. CLIPPERS (101): Butler 6-11 0-0 12, Griffin 6-9 8-12 20, Jordan 3-4 0-0 6, Paul 6-13 7-9 19, Foye 5-11 4-5 18, Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Young 6-13 4-5 16, Simmons 1-3 0-0 3, Bledsoe 0-2 0-0 0, Evans 1-2 1-2 3, Thompkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-72 24-33 101.

Memphis 17 25 19 24— 85

L.A. Clippers 33 23 25 20— 101

3-Point GoalsMemphis 9-15 (Pondexter 3-3, Mayo 2-4, Conley 1-1, Allen 1-1, Gay 1-2, Pargo 1-2, Gasol 0-1, Arenas 0-1), L.A. Clippers 5-16 (Foye 4-8, Simmons 1-2, Butler 0-1, Young 0-1, Paul 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 44 (Gasol, Randolph 8), L.A. Clippers 50 (Griffin 10). AssistsMemphis 26 (Conley 9), L.A. Clippers 24 (Paul 13). Total FoulsMemphis 26, L.A. Clippers 16. TechnicalsPaul. Flagrant Fouls—Mayo. A19,060 (19,060).

Hawks 95, Wizards 92

ATLANTA (95): J.Johnson 6-12 2-2 16, Smith 8-17 4-5 20, Pachulia 5-6 3-6 13, Teague 4-10 1-2 9, Hinrich 4-9 0-0 10, Williams 5-11 2-2 13, I.Johnson 2-2 1-2 5, Green 1-3 1-2 3, Radmanovic 2-6 0-0 6, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-76 14-21 95.

WASHINGTON (92): Singleton 4-11 0-0 9, Booker 4-8 0-0 8, Nene 9-13 3-4 21, Wall 1-10 6-6 8, Crawford 9-19 1-1 20, Seraphin 2-5 0-0 4, Vesely 2-2 1-2 5, Ubiles 4-8 1-1 10, Mack 1-6 0-0 2, Mason 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 38-85 12-14 92.

Atlanta 23 18 27 27— 95

Washington 23 29 26 14— 92

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-23 (J.Johnson 2-4, Radmanovic 2-4, Hinrich 2-5, Williams 1-3, Green 0-1, Smith 0-2, Teague 0-4), Washington 4-18 (Mason 1-1, Ubiles 1-3, Crawford 1-6, Singleton 1-6, Wall 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Smith 9), Washington 45 (Booker 14). AssistsAtlanta 22 (Teague 9), Washington 13 (Wall, Booker 3). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, Washington 19. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second, Washington defensive three second 2. A18,588 (20,278).

Nets 102, Bobcats 89

CHARLOTTE (89): Maggette 4-8 3-6 13, Thomas 2-6 0-0 4, Biyombo 3-4 2-2 8, Augustin 3-7 1-1 8, Henderson 3-11 1-3 7, White 2-7 0-0 4, Walker 4-13 2-2 10, Mullens 6-9 5-6 17, Brown 4-6 0-0 8, R.Williams 4-8 2-2 10, Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Carroll 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-79 16-22 89.

NEW JERSEY (102): Wallace 5-13 4-5 15, Humphries 9-16 2-3 20, S.Williams 5-8 0-0 10, D.Williams 7-18 3-3 19, Brooks 3-9 5-6 11, J.Williams 4-7 0-0 8, Morrow 1-6 3-3 6, Green 2-6 2-2 6, Farmar 3-4 0-0 7, Gaines 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-88 19-22 102.

Charlotte 21 21 16 31— 89

New Jersey 26 22 33 21— 102

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 3-14 (Maggette 2-3, Augustin 1-4, R.Williams 0-3, Walker 0-4), New Jersey 5-16 (D.Williams 2-4, Farmar 1-2, Morrow 1-3, Wallace 1-3, Brooks 0-2, Green 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 49 (Mullens 10), New Jersey 53 (Humphries 16). AssistsCharlotte 21 (Augustin 8), New Jersey 24 (D.Williams 14). Total FoulsCharlotte 16, New Jersey 19. TechnicalsD.Williams. A13,297 (18,711).

Knicks get back on track 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:42pm]

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