"We know the second half of the season is almost upon us, and
we have to get our act together," said Rasheed Wallace, who had
nine points and eight rebounds. "So far, so good."
New York's Jamal Crawford had 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
Stephon Marbury didn't score until early in the second quarter and
finished with just 10 points, half his average.
The Knicks, whose previous low this season was 73 points in a
loss to Boston on Nov. 6, made just 36.1 percent of their shots.
"This team is getting back to its defensive principle by making
it hard for a team to score," Heard said.
New York's Penny Hardaway sat out because of a sprained right
ankle, one night after returning from a hamstring injury that
sidelined him for more than three weeks.
The Knicks lost another small forward during the game, when
Trevor Ariza sprained his left ankle late in the third quarter
after landing on Ronald Dupree's foot.
Less than a minute earlier, Ariza inadvertently hit Detroit's
Carlos Arroyo on the nose and broke it. Arroyo will have surgery
Monday and is expected to wear a protective mask when he returns.
He is doubtful for Detroit's game Tuesday at Washington.
Even an official was hurt in the game, which was sloppy from
start to finish.
Official Michael Smith left with a possible neck injury and was
taken to a hospital for X-rays. His neck snapped back when he was
hit in the face with a basketball in the second quarter.
The Pistons turned the game into a rout in the third quarter.
They started the fourth with a 66-48 lead after leading by just
four at halftime.
The NBA champion Pistons will visit the White House on
Monday, but Rasheed Wallace is not excited. "I didn't vote for
him," he said. ... Pistons reserve Darvin Ham (flu) left the arena
before the game started. ... Brown was fined $35,000 by the NBA on
Saturday for criticizing officials after a loss to Minnesota on
Monday. ... The Pistons presented UNICEF with a check for $75,000
at halftime to aid its tsunami relief efforts.