Daye Leads Pistons Over Knicks
Posted Jul 15 2009 6:07PM
LAS VEGAS, July 15 - Austin Daye and the Detroit Pistons defeated the New York Knicks 96-73 in the first game of the day at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA Sports on the campus of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Daye scored a game-high 27 points to go with 13 rebounds for Detroit while DaJuan Summers finished with 26 points and eight boards.
"I had a terrible game last game," said Daye of his performance today. "I wanted to come out hard today and make up for it and get a win, and I think I did that."
Jordan Hill, who was selected eighth overall by the Knicks in the 2009 NBA Draft finished with a team-high 14 points for New York, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili finished with 12 points and Toney Douglas finished with a game-high 10 assists.
Detroit took an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back, extending their lead gradually before securing the 23-point victory.
The Knicks and Pistons traded baskets through the first half of the first quarter, knotting in eight ties before Detroit pulled away. The Pistons went on a 13-2 run to bring the score to 28-17 before finishing the quarter up 30-19 en route to a 13-point halftime lead, 44-31. Detroit's Sean Singletary scored all 11 of his first half points in the first quarter, while Daye tallied a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double in the first half. Hill finished with a team-high nine points in the quarter, while Morris Almond paced the squad with seven.
Summers charged out of the halftime break scoring 11 points to propel the Pistons to a 17-point lead over New York during the third quarter despite each team scoring 23 points in the period. Daye contributed with a six-point quarter. Detroit continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Knicks 29-19.
The Knicks and Detroit both return to action on Friday, July 17, when they face the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively.