AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Carmelo Anthony tried to shoot his way out of an awful start. But for the second straight night he never got going, and the Knicks didn't get going until it was too late.
They made a frenetic run at the end, but they couldn't erase an 18-point deficit and became the Detroit Pistons' first victim of the season, as the Knicks dropped a 98-95 decision at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Anthony missed his first nine shots, and didn't score a basket until 3:13 into the third quarter. He ended up 5-for-21 with 13 points. He overshot a reverse layup with 1:30 left and the Knicks down five and missed a free throw with 16 seconds left that would have made it a three-point game.
"I just missed a lot of shots," said Anthony, who was 8-for-23 and committed seven turnovers in Tuesday's loss to the Wizards. "It was just one of those nights. It's just not going in. Unfortunately, it's two nights in a row for me. But I'm not really too concerned about making those shots."
It was incredible that the Knicks (2-3) even were in the game at the end.
For most of the night, they were slow defensively and let the Pistons (1-3) get whatever they wanted -- inside and out. Detroit out-rebounded the Knicks 55-43 and had an 11-point advantage in second-chance points. The Pistons shot 11-for-23 from three-point range.
The Knicks trailed by 16 midway through the fourth quarter, and were down 89-74 with 4:34 left. But the Pistons made some foolish mistakes late and missed four foul shots in the last 37.4 seconds to let the Knicks hang around.
Detroit was up 97-94 when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two from the line with 6.5 seconds left. Iman Shumpert got the rebound and Caldwell-Pope fouled him after he got past midcourt with two seconds left.
Shumpert made the first to make it a two-point game, and purposely missed the second. The ball went out of bounds off the Knicks. The officials reviewed the replay and confirmed it was Detroit's ball with 1.3 seconds left. Brandon Jennings made a foul shot with four-tenths of a second for the final point. "Everybody hustled down the stretch," Shumpert said. "We definitely could have brought that earlier. That's what hurts. We should have started the game with more energy."
Tim Hardaway Jr., playing extended minutes because the NBA suspended J.R. Smith for striking Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. in the groin Tuesday, scored 20 points. He had 14 in the fourth. Jason Smith shot 7-for-11 and had 17 points, all in the first half. Shumpert and Amar'e Stoudemire each had 15.
The Knicks lost Pablo Prigioni in the first half on a drive to the basket. The Knicks said he suffered a sprained right ankle, and that X-rays were negative.
The Knicks already are without starting point guard Jose Calderon because of a strained right calf.
Prigioni might have been in the game at the end if he was healthy. Shane Larkin had a critical turnover with 37.9 seconds left and the Knicks down 93-88Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Caldwell-Pope scored 20. "I liked the fight that our guys showed," Derek Fisher said. "We didn't give up on this game. We have to try to be better sooner so we don't put ourselves in the position we did."