Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Friday, December 2nd
Game 2: Thursday, January 19th
Game 3: Friday, March 17th
Game 4: Sunday, April 16th

Knicks 98

(5-10, 2-8 away)

Pistons 106

(12-2, 5-1 home)

Coverage: WDIV

8:00 PM ET, December 2, 2005

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NY 28 31 8 3198
DET 26 33 24 23106

Top Performers

NY: J. Crawford 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Det: R. Hamilton 40 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

Hamilton scores 40 as Pistons, fans greet Brown

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons hugged former coach Larry Brown before facing him for the first time -- and then played like the team that won him his only NBA championship.

Larry Brown's first game vs. former team
Date Team Result
Dec. 2, 2005 Pistons L, 106-98
Nov. 26, 2003 76ers L, 90-86
Nov. 30, 1997 Pacers L, 101-89
Dec. 1, 1993 Clippers W, 120-100
Feb. 17, 1992 Spurs W, 124-110
Dec. 11, 1981 Nets L, 117-112
Dec. 11, 1981 Nuggets W, 131-123

Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 40 points to lead Detroit past Brown and the New York Knicks 106-98 Friday night.

Brown returned to an NBA city he used to call home for the seventh time, but acknowledged this reunion was different.

The Hall of Fame coach was fired in July, after insisting publicly he wanted to return. He filled the only void on his resume during a two-year stint in Detroit with his first NBA title in 2004 and came just short of repeating last season.

Detroit showed Brown what he was missing with a dominant third quarter, showcasing a stifling defense and an improved offense.

After the score was tied at halftime, the Pistons outscored New York 24-8 to take an 83-67 lead into the fourth quarter.

New York didn't pose much of a comeback threat in the final quarter.

The Pistons improved to an NBA-best 12-2 and the Knicks fell to 5-10.

Detroit's Tayshaun Prince had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Wallace added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Chauncey Billups had 11 points and 11 assists, tying a season high.

New York's starters were held to single digits until Stephon Marbury made two free throws with 1:35 left. Marbury finished with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting, and had 11 assists. Reserves Jamal Crawford (22) and Channing Frye (21) prevented the Knicks from being routed.

Before the game, Brown said he was dreading the experience of playing the Pistons.

When Brown walked onto court, he was jeered by most of the fans who noticed him before others began to applaud. Boos were slightly louder than cheers once he was introduced.

Just before the tipoff, however, the crowd roared when the each of Detroit's starters walked across the court to embrace Brown.

Brown appeared to be on the verge of tears when he sat back down, trying to hold back the emotional feelings he feared he would have.

The Knicks led 28-26 after the first quarter and the score was tied 59-all at halftime.

New York scored just eight points in the third, the fewest a team has scored against Detroit in a quarter this year, and was outscored by Hamilton alone 13-8 in the quarter.

The Pistons led by 19 early in the fourth quarter before the Knicks rallied to make the score look respectable.

Game notes

Knicks president Isiah Thomas, who led the Pistons to titles in 1989 and 1990, was honored at halftime by having "11 Thomas" permanently placed on the sideline at The Palace. ... Traffic was so bad Detroit coach Flip Saunders didn't arrive at the arena until an hour before tipoff because his 20-minute drive took 1 hour, 45 minutes. He joked that Brown almost had to coach both teams. ... Dale Davis, who has played in just three games, scored his first point with the Pistons late in the first half. ... In the second quarter alone, New York's Jerome James scored a season-high five points.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 98 106
FGM-FGA 37-82 (.451) 37-68 (.544)
3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 3-9 (.333)
FTM-FTA 22-28 (.786) 29-40 (.725)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-37 9-37
Assists 23 25
Turnovers 13 19
Steals 11 6
Blocks 5 7
Fast Break Points 18 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (2/0) 23 (1/0)
Largest Lead 9 19

Top Performers

New York
Jamal Crawford Crawford
Points: 22
Reb: 2
Ast: 6
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Richard Hamilton Hamilton
Points: 40
Reb: 2
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0