Amar’e Stoudemire scored 17 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 101-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons in a National Basketball Association contest.
The Knicks have won five of their last six contests since interim coach Mike Woodson took over from Mike D’Antoni who resigned after six straight losses.
The Knicks (24-25) hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, 15 1/2 games behind the Chicago Bulls. Detroit (16-32) is 23 games behind the leader.
Carmelo Anthony had 15 points and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who had a 49-37 halftime advantage last night on their home court at Madison Square Garden.
Ben Gordon led the Pistons with 20 points, while Greg Monroe had 12 points for the Pistons who have lost five straight games.
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