DETROIT – The Knicks fired their head coach, fired their president, and traded their best player for future assets.
Only Knicks owner James Dolan was able to intercept a season so decisively.
Even so, the Knicks had their first win streak of their season in four games at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday when they defeated the Pistons 95-92.
Incoming President Leon Rose was absent and was seen playing the SMU Temple (Rose is a graduate of the temple).
It was the first Knicks win in Motown since 2015 and the first triumph in the 3-year-old Downtown Palace of the Pistons.
Substitute shooter Wayne Ellington, who said before the game that he might want a buyout, threw 17 points off the bench. His 3 hand with a 4:43 minute lead brought 84 points.
The Knicks' offense had problems making up for the loss of Marcus Morris, which was traded on Thursday.
Julius Randle had a hard shooting night until he was late. Randle Shot 7-of-17, including a 3-point airball in the middle of the fourth quarter.
In the last minutes, however, he landed at a high level and ended the tournament with 17 points, including a wild seal hook with a lead of 13.5 seconds. Repetitions, however, showed that he punched Detroit’s Thon Maker in the mouth. The game was surprisingly not rated by coach Dwane Casey.
Randle saved an out-of-bound ball that missed an Ellington jumper by 36 seconds.
Rookie RJ Barrett was unbalanced in his second game after an ankle injury and was the first on the grid. After missing his first five shots, Barrett ended the 3-8 shootout with three points.
Center Mitchell Robinson hit the block with three blocks and an important rebound within 20 seconds. Elfrid Payton scored 10 points, had six assists and nine rebounds and with 1:30 made an important runner on the track, who increased the knicks by two.
Reggie Bullock's two 7.3 second free throws gave the Knicks a three point lead and Detroit Reggie Jackson scored a three point in the final seconds.
Interim trainer Mike Miller did not use Maurice Harkless because he did not know enough plays and was tired of traveling.
Morris didn't play for the Clippers on Saturday, although he didn't sound that heartbreaking. The Clippers had offered him a free agent contract in July.
"Obviously things didn't go the way I expected last summer, but we're here now, $ 15 million richer," Morris told reporters in Los Angeles.