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Knicks 96, Pistons 84: Scenes from the debut of Saucy Frank

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The French Prince was feeling himself.

Detroit Pistons v New York Knicks Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons are a bad basketball team. All of their name players are either injured or on other teams at this point in the season. Given their records, it would have made more sense to lose Sunday night’s game for tanking points.

Still, the Knicks’ 96-84 win was fun for a few reasons. The game was close headed into the fourth quarter, with the ‘Bockers nursing a one-point lead. Mike Miller went to the bench, and the offense started to bog down into yet another non-stop parade of Bobby Portis possessions.

Then, quite unexpectedly, Frank Ntilikina decided he had enough of that shit. He crossed a Pistons defender into oblivion and hit a gorgeous scoop shot.

Colder than the snowy peaks of the French Alps, that was.

Then, after a missed turnaround J. Frank caught Detroit flat-footed and charged through the defense like a Gallic bull, forcing a Pistons timeout.

Frank would later try a swagalicious three which would have set the Garden on fire had it gone in. The MSG crowd was chanting “Nti-li-kin-a” by the time it was over, and the Knicks had a double-digit lead they would not relinquish.

RJ Barrett had a poor shooting night, but was doiong some cool stuff in the third quarter. He sat nearly all of the fourth, because he and Frank can’t play together for some reason.

But the star of the game was Mitchell Robinson, who spanked Detroit’s bigs to the tune of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Oh, there were dunks.

All in all, it was a fun evening. Recap to come.