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Final Score: Knicks 89, Pistons 85

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Well, they won.

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In the first half, it looked like the Knicks might fart away another winnable home game. Then they started really stomping on the Pistons in the third quarter and it looked like they'd collected themselves. Then it looked like the Knicks might fart away another winnable home game. Then the Pistons managed to suck worse than the Knicks did and end up with fewer points.

A win IS a win, but it was disappointing-- after three flawed but promising performances against much better teams out West-- to see the Knicks engage in such a vile muck swap with a very bad team. Even after some brilliant stretches, they came out looking like merely the less bad of two bad teams.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 34 points on 24 shots, including a wonderful flurry of catch-and-make threes in that island of third-quarter excellence. Andrea Bargnani contributed a nice little double-double(!)-- 13 points and 11 boards in 32 minutes.

Recap tomorrow!