Detroit Pistons rout New York Knicks, 122-102
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Tony Snell connected from beyond the arc to open the scoring in the first few seconds of the game.
Little did anyone realize he was on his way to a memorable night.
Snell scored 24 points on 9-of-9 shooting, and the short-handed Detroit Pistons had little trouble with New York, beating the Knicks 122-102 on Wednesday. Snell made six 3-pointers, becoming the first player in franchise history to shoot 100 percent from the field with at least six 3s.
He was only the ninth player in NBA history to do it.
“They just depend on me to go out there and do what I do best, and shoot the ball. The best way to do it is to have ball movement,” Snell said. “They’re very confident in me. I’m confident as well.”
Andre Drummond had 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Markieff Morris added 22 points for Detroit. The Pistons played without their injured trio of Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson. Detroit still shot 56 percent from the field and dropped the Knicks to an NBA-worst 1-7.
New York’s Mitchell Robinson left the game with concussion-like symptoms.
The Pistons have won eight straight meetings with New York.
Detroit led 64-59 at halftime. It was 74-72 when Morris made a 3-pointer while being fouled. It was ruled a flagrant foul on Julius Randle, and after Morris made the free throw for a four-point play, Drummond added a layup immediately after.