Knicks beat Detroit in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Reserve Nate Robinson scored 30 points to help the New York Knicks rally for a 116-111 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Antonio McDyess had 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds - Detroit's first 20-20 game in over 11 years - but it wasn't enough to overcome the absence of Rasheed Wallace (calf) and Allen Iverson (back).
David Lee had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who trailed by 10 points after three quarters before finishing strong for their second victory in two nights during a crucial road trip for their playoff hopes.
Detroit built a 56-48 halftime lead and expanded the margin to 81-71 at the end of the third.
The Knicks, though, narrowed the deficit to 93-92 before McDyess hit another shot with 3:40 to play. Robinson answered with a basket, and after both teams got a stop, Tayshaun Prince blocked Quentin Richardson's layup attempt with 1:12 left.
Detroit extended the lead to three after another jumper by McDyess, but Hamilton fouled Larry Hughes on a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds to go.
Hughes hit all three shots to tie the game at 101, and the Pistons turned the ball over before they could get off a go-ahead attempt.
Jason Maxiell missed a free throw that could have tied the game with 1:32 left in overtime, and Richardson answered with a jumper. Hughes' fast-break layup gave the Knicks a 110-105 lead, and New York held on for the win.
Notes: Robinson, listed at 5-foot-9, won a third-quarter jump ball with 6-9 Amir Johnson. ... McDyess has eight career 20-rebound games, but hadn't had one since Feb. 26, 2001, when he had 21 for Denver against Orlando. No Piston had had a 20-20 game since the late Bison Dele on Dec. 5, 1997.
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