New York Knicks: Bench’s eruption not enough to topple Pistons

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Allonzo Trier #14 of the New York Knicks shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 27, 2018 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 27: Allonzo Trier #14 of the New York Knicks shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 27, 2018 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The New York Knicks dropped Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, 115-108.

All good things must come to an end, even for the New York Knicks’ rare bright spot in 2018-19: a three-game winning streak. They toppled the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies — a trio if potential playoff teams.

Tuesday night, the Knicks battled another postseason threat, the Detroit Pistons. This time, luck wasn’t on their side, with a 115-108 loss on the road.

The Pistons didn’t dominate the game, but they held the Knicks to just 39.6 percent shooting and 9-for-27 from behind the arc. Tim Hardaway Jr., Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke all struggled from the field, while Frank Ntilikina didn’t hit a shot.

This game didn’t only feature negatives, though. Allonzo Trier, New York’s star rookie, went off for 24 points and 10 rebounds — his first double-double of the season. He teased a triple-double, as well, with seven assists.

On 7-for-11 shooting, it was yet another efficient game for Trier. His development into a featured player has happened swiftly and it’s clear, he’s part of the future.

It’s only a matter of time before head coach David Fizdale experiments with him in the starting lineup, again. Maybe for Mario Hezonja, who had another poor shooting night. There’s little doubt the Arizona product deserves the opportunity, unless he continues to lead the second unit.

  • Another rough outing for Tim Hardaway Jr. He shot just 5-for-15 from the field, but contributed six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Mudiay won’t dazzle every night. His 4-for-13 shooting can be taken as just an off game.
  • We’ll have more on Damyean Dotson‘s night soon, but he pulled a Trey Burke and went off in his revitalized play from the end of the bench. His 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting were third on the team.
  • Ntilikina’s offensive game remains nonexistent. He went 0-for-3. Until the Frenchman develops his outside shooting, he’s limited to versatile defending for the Knicks.
  • Mitchell Robinson continues to deal with foul trouble. He fouled out, again, in 16 minutes. It’s still a long road for the rookie center, though.
  • Kevin Knox, the No. 9 pick in June, has taken a more strenuous path. It was another game with a poor shooting performance at just 1-for-7.

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The Knicks will look to find the win column on Wednesday, Nov. 28 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Game time is at 7:30 p.m. ET. What will happen on the short turnaround?