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Halftime Report: Knicks 64, Pistons 44

The Knicks have done exactly what they needed to so far against the 3-10 Pistons: make a big statement. Here are five observations at the half:

1. Carmelo Anthony's hot start, once again: He scored 15 points in the first quarter on 6-for-7 shooting (3-for-3 from downtown). He missed his first shot with 37 seconds remaining when he drove to the basket and got blocked on a layup attempt by Pistons backup center Andre Drummond. Melo mostly took advantage of his power-forward matchup against the slower-footed Jason Maxiell.

Anthony's recent standout starts have represented a slight shift in the Knicks' offense. Mike Woodson appears to be running fewer pick-and-rolls, but more isolations and post-ups for Melo especially. As evident by today's first quarter, it is to take advantage of easier scoring opportunities, and he's been capitalizing.

2. Jason Kidd's impact: This has been reiterated over and over again, and it should after the first half. He made his presence known on the defensive end in the first quarter, picking up two steals. Then, he helped the Knicks establish their 20-point halftime lead by pushing the ball well and knocking down a 3-pointer at the end of the second quarter. Overall, consecutive long balls -- also by Steve Novak -- separated the score down the stretch.

3. Knicks getting beat on backdoor cuts and in the paint: In the first half, the Knicks sleep-walked with their interior defensive rotations, as they missed a few reads on baseline plays. In addition, the Pistons' size, featuring starting center Greg Monroe, Maxiell and Drummond, was able to muscle their way inside. They finished the half with 18 points in the paint; the Knicks had only eight.

4. Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby's return: Wallace was cleared to play Sunday afternoon after missing Friday night's game with a sore left foot. Camby hadn't played in the past two games, but checked into the Pistons game in the second quarter. In fact, both of them played together during the period. That's rarely happened this season, but today it was needed facing Monroe and his frontcourt friends. Unfortunately, Wallace picked up three fouls in the first half. Camby didn't have any.

5. Pablo Prigioni's cold streak continues: He's now 3-for-16 from beyond the arc on the season -- and he's getting wide-open attempts. However, he did make a great play at the end of the first quarter to put the Knicks up 10. He stole an inbounds pass and drove it in for the layup. And one.

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