Knicks aim for season-long win streak at Pistons

An eventful week has obscured the fact that the New York Knicks have equaled their longest winning streak of the season.The Knicks have won three in a row entering their game at the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.They’ve made plenty of headlines in other ways this week. They fired president Steve Mills and replaced him with longtime agent Leon Rose. They also traded their leading scorer, forward Marcus Morris, to the Los Angeles Clippers.New York erased a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit on Thursday to edge the Orlando Magic 105-103. The Knicks were coming off road victories against the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.”We are still a team. We’ve still got to keep pushing,” rookie guard RJ Barrett said. “We’ve still got to play every day and do our jobs, and we did that.”Barrett returned to action on Thursday after missing nine games with a sprained right ankle. He had 12 points, three assists and three rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.”I was sore, but fighting through it,” Barrett said. “It was great to be back out there with my teammates. I just had a lot of fun out there.”Barrett is averaging 14.0 points per game. With Morris out of the picture, New York will rely even more on him and forward Julius Randle (19.0 points per game). Randle, who has started all 50 games in which he’s played this season, is averaging 19.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the modest winning streak.This will be the second of four meetings between the Knicks and Pistons. Detroit won 122-102 at home on Nov. 6 behind Andre Drummond’s 27 points and 12 rebounds.The Pistons will be playing their first home game since dealing their longtime center to Cleveland on Thursday.

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