Knicks Give Isiah Good Night in Detroit

NY halts Pistons' win streak as home team honors all-time greats
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 11:12 PM CDT
Former Detroit Piston and New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas addresses the crowd after being introduced as one of the 30 All-Time Pistons during a celebration of their 50th season.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Wilson Chandler scored all of his 19 points in the first half, and the New York Knicks built a huge lead and beat the Detroit Pistons 98-94 in a game that didn't mean much for either team. With a week left in the regular season, the lottery-bound Knicks have as many wins (22) as the east’s second-seeded team has losses.

The night was meaningful, however, for Isiah Thomas, because New York's embattled coach was part of a pregame ceremony that honored the Pistons' all-time team. The Hall of Fame point guard received one of the loudest ovations in the only NBA arena where he's beloved. Many expect Thomas to be fired after the season by new Knick president Donnie Walsh