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Pistons vs. Knicks final score: Offense carries, defense closes, Pistons win 102-89

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Morris and KCP came to chew bubblegum and make basketball shots. And they were all out of gum.

NBA: New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Defense won the Pistons first two games of the season, but it was their offense that got the win against the Knicks.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris have struggled overall with their shot early this season, but were on fire at the Palace tonight. KCP scored 19 points on 11 shots, thanks to 4-6 from three point range. Morris offered 22 points on 14 shots with a pair of three pointers.

Tobias Harris led the way scoring, doing a great job getting to the line. He scored 25, getting to the line 8 times and making 7. He made 8 of his 12 shots, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc.

It was a Caldwell-Pope defense-to-offense moment that sealed the deal for Detroit. KCP poked away a steal from Courtney Lee, then nailed a transition three point shot to put the Pistons up by 10 with under three minutes to go.

Scoring slowed down a bit in the second half, allowing Detroit to hold their opponent under 90 points for the third straight game. They even held New York to a five minute scoring drought during closing time. The Knicks scored just 10 fourth quarter points, man, 10.

Even though offense is the narrative, they definitely brought the defense in the second half.

The Knicks trailed most of the time, but hung around all game. Brandon Jennings put up a solid showing in his return to Detroit, posting 12 points and 3 assists.

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