Andre Drummond finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, while Tobias Harris scored 24 points. Seven Detroit players scored in double figures.
The Knicks had won five of six games, including a victory Thursday night over the Boston Celtics. Porzingis finished with 29 points on 28 shots, and Enes Kanter added 22 points and 16 rebounds.
“We weren’t able to get going downhill all night,” Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We only got six free throws, so there wasn’t a lot of penetration, and we took a lot of outside shots.”
The Pistons pulled down four offensive rebounds in the first two minutes of the game on their way to a 12-2 lead. Drummond had 6 points and 6 rebounds early, but the Knicks got back into the game when he sat with two fouls.
Drummond was limited to seven minutes in the half, but the Pistons still led, 52-44, at intermission.
With three minutes left in the third, a follow-up shot by Kanter gave the Knicks a 69-68 lead, and he made another on the next possession. The Knicks finished with an 18-2 run to move the margin to 5 points, at 75-70, but the Pistons scored the quarter’s final 4 points to get within 1.
Detroit started the fourth period with a 10-4 run to lead by 5 points, 84-79, with 10:03 to play.
But the Knicks tied the game with 3:45 left when Drummond was called for goaltending, and Porzingis followed with a midrange jumper to put the Knicks ahead, 95-93. After the teams traded baskets, Harris missed and Jarrett Jack hit a short jumper to make it 99-95 with 1:48 to play.
Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the game with a leg injury, but he was called for a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing a call. His father was on the opposite bench as one of Van Gundy’s assistant coaches.
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