LAS VEGAS -- The New York Knicks defeated the Detroit Pistons, 92-80, in the first game of the eighth day of competition at the 2010 NBA Summer League on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. The Knicks used a 19-point outing from Bill Walker to put away the Pistons, who stayed closed with New York through the first half.
Detroit's Greg Monroe led all scorers with 27 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. He also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in the contest. Walker's 19 for New York were complemented by 16 points from Jerome Jordan and a 15-point outing from Landry Fields.
With their backs to the wall, Detroit charged into the fourth quarter, outscoring New York 10-2 in the first five minutes of the quarter to come within eight, 77-69. The Knicks answered back, though, going on their on a quick 6-1 run, regaining a 15-points lead, 85-70, with four minutes to play. The lead lingered around the 15-point mark, with the teams swapping buckets through the game's final minutes.
Walker scored eight points in the third quarter for the Knicks on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor to help New York extend its lead to 18 points. On the defensive end, the Knicks held Monroe scoreless in the third, as the
Pistons only scored 18 in the quarter. The Knicks led by 16 heading into the fourth period, 75-59.
New York extended its lead to as many as eight points during the second quarter, due in part to a seven-point effort from Jordan, who finished the half with a team-high 11. The Pistons kept the game close, though, as Monroe scored 13 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and adding five points from the free throw line. As a team, the Pistons outscored New York 21-20 in the second quarter. New York owned a three-point lead, 44-41, heading into the third quarter.
The Knicks and Pistons traded baskets through much of the first, as the teams knotted in five times and the lead swapped back and fourth four more.
The Knicks came out on top, though, with a 24-20 advantage after one. New York played 13 players during the first quarter, with Walker and Warren Carter each scoring five points.
The Knicks finish their Summer League schedule Saturday, when the team faces John Wall and the Washington Wizards in the COX Pavilion, while the Pistons finish their run at the desert classic with a 2-3 record.