NEW YORK -- Somehow, someway the Detroit Pistons found themselves with a chance to end their misery.
After trailing by 17 in the third quarter, the Pistons found themselves down one at 86-85 with 27 seconds left.
But Josh Smith airballed a long jumper and after the Pistons allowed the Knicks to corral a key offensive rebound off a missed free throw with four seconds left they dropped an 89-85 decision to the Knicks on Tuesday night.
The Pistons (14-21) have lost five straight and seven of eight and the Knicks moved to 12-22.
It looked like the Pistons would get blown out of Madison Square Garden when the Knicks broke open a tie game at halftime by running up a 17-point lead in the third quarter.
But Smith's triple with 1:47 left pulled the Pistons to within three at 86-83.
Andre Drummond then made one of two free throws to make it 86-84 and then Singler and Jennings forced a Raymond Felton turnover with 1:07 left.
Charlie Villanueva converted one of two free throws with 46 seconds left and the Pistons were only down one.
And then Smith was able to get Anthony to commit an offensive foul with 27 seconds left.
Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks only had a 20-second time-out left and he didn't use. The Pistons ran pick-and-roll with Smith and Jennings, but Smith settled for a long jumper and he didn't come close.
The Pistons still had a chance, but Anthony grabbed the offensive rebound when Felton missed the second of two free throws with two seconds left and the game was clinched.
It looked like the Pistons might get blown out early.
They quickly fell behind by eight points when the Knicks pushed the lead to 16-8 after back-to-back triples from Bargnani and J.R. Smith.
But the Pistons were able to hang close by hitting the glass, out-rebounding the Knicks by seven in the first quarter. They used the advantage to score seven second-chance to only trail by three, 24-21, going into the second quarter.
Both teams struggled mightily from the field as the Knicks cooled off from three-point land and the Pistons were 0-for-8 in triples in the first half.
But the game was tied at 41-41 at halftime as the Pistons frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe combined for 29 points and 22 rebounds in the first half. Smith had 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
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