Pistons look to reverse fortunes against Knicks

The Detroit Pistons have endured two lopsided losses to New York this season. They will get one more shot at the Knicks on Saturday when they wrap up a four-game homestand.New York won the first meeting in Detroit 109-90 on Feb. 28. In the last game for both teams prior to the All-Star break, the Knicks never trailed while rolling to a 114-104 triumph on March 4.The good news for the Pistons is that their top two offensive threats have broken out of slumps this week. Jerami Grant scored 30 points against Portland on Wednesday after back-to-back single-digit outings.Josh Jackson, who averaged 9.4 points and shot 36.7 percent from the field in March, erupted for a season-high 31 points in the team’s first April game on Thursday. He scored 14 of those points in the opening quarter as the Pistons pounded Washington 120-91.”We kept running plays for him and putting him in situations where he was going to get the ball,” coach Dwane Casey said. “You just have a feel when a guy like that gets it going. Our players recognized that with Josh and were willing to move the ball and find him.”Jackson, who made just 5 of 28 3-point attempts in 10 March games, shot 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.”Took them without thinking. My teammates, they saw I hit a few shots in a row and when guys do that, they try to go to them and that’s what they did (Thursday),” Jackson said. “They did a good job of finding me open and setting screens to get me open. It did make it easy for me.”Recently-acquired Hamidou Diallo got the night off but he’s expected to play against the Knicks. Diallo has scored 19 points off the bench in each of his last two games, shooting a combined 13-for-18 from the field. He has also been a factor on the boards, grabbing a total of 17 rebounds in those contests.The Pistons have had four different players lead them in scoring over the last four games.

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