Knicks easily handle road-weary Pistons

The Baltimore Sun

Zach Randolph had 25 points and eight rebounds, and the New York Knicks rolled to an 89-65 victory over the weary Detroit Pistons last night.

With the Pistons playing the finale of their four-game, five-night road trip and coming off a 103-100 overtime victory in Charlotte on Saturday, the Knicks rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season.

Detroit needed a late three-point play to avoid finishing with the lowest point total in franchise history.

Raptors 116, Trail Blazers 109 -- Chris Bosh had 38 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto beat visiting Portland in double overtime. Bosh played 55 minutes.

Hawks 105, Bulls 84 -- Joe Johnson scored 37 points, including 25 in the first half, and the Hawks beat the Bulls to end a 12-game losing streak in the series.

Hornets 87, Rockets 82 -- Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists to lift visiting New Orleans.

Warriors 106, Pacers 101 -- Monta Ellis scored nine of his 29 points during a fourth-quarter comeback in the Warriors home victory.

Lakers 100, Grizzlies 99 -- Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and Los Angeles beat visiting Memphis, but they might have lost Andrew Bynum to injury.

Off the court

Bulls -- Rookie Joakim Noah was benched for yesterday's game by his teammates. They delivered a unanimous vote after the rookie was involved in a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in practice.

Cavaliers -- LeBron James was ticketed by the State Highway Patrol for driving 101 mph in a 65 mph zone on an interstate highway, near Medina, Ohio, at 2:43 a.m. Dec. 30.

Heat -- Center Shaquille O'Neal returned to practice after missing eight games with a hip injury.



The fewest field goals made in a game by any team this season. The Pistons tied the mark last night, shooting 30.7 percent (23-for-75).

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