DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – Down 53-45 at the half, Detroit gave up 33 points in the third quarter as New York ran away with the game in the preseason opener for the win, 117-96. Detroit only scored 21 points in their least productive quarter as New York took advantage to push their lead to, 94-78, headed into the final quarter.

First-round draft pick Jaden Ivey started the game playing in 22 minutes scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the team. Isaiah Livers added 13 points while both Bojan Bogdanovic and Killian Hayes had 11 points. Rookie Jalen Duren posted 13 rebounds coming off the bench.

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The first quarter opened up with excitement as Detroit only trailed by one, 23-22, playing in New York at Madison Square Garden. New York jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first three minutes but Detroit cut the lead to one, 9-8, on a 25-foot jumper with nine minutes left. By the 4:07 mark, New York moved their lead to eight points, 21-13, but Detroit ended the period on a 9-2 run to come within one, 23-22, at the end of the first. Cory Joseph made a three-pointer with 2:31 left in the period to pull within one and then neither team could score in the final two minutes.

New York started the second quarter on a 4-0 run to make it 27-22 at the 11:17 mark. By the 9:34 mark, the Knicks had their largest lead of the first half at nine, 36-27. With 8:22 left, New York pushed their lead to 13-points, 40-27, on a two-point shot by Miles McBride. Lives did pull Detroit to within eight, 40-32, on a three-pointer but that is as close as the Pistons would come the rest of the game. They did cut the lead to eight, once more, 61-53, on a Bogdanovic three-pointer with 32 seconds left in the half but New York scored the final four points for the 12-point lead at the half, 65-53.

Detroit shot just 7-of-19 (37%) in the third quarter as New York went to the middle to make seven shots in the arc area. They also posted two three-pointers and two other shots right on the three-point line to put up 33 points and run away with the game.

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Detroit will be back on the road again on Friday, October 7, when they travel to New Orleans to face the Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. eastern.