Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Jackson made a trio of big three-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Pistons avoided a colossal collapse, beating the New York Knicks, 111-105, on Thursday night in Auburn Hills, Mich.
The Knicks rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit, finally taking a 97-95 lead on a layup by Robin Lopez. Tolliver's three-pointer put the Pistons back ahead, and Jackson added another to make it 101-97.
After a dunk by Lopez cut the margin back to two, Jackson added another three-pointer, and the Pistons were able to hold on.
Jackson finished with 21 points, and Stanley Johnson added 22 and nine rebounds. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit.
Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Toronto 110, at Portland 103: Kyle Lowry had 30 points, DeMar DeRozan added 29 and the Raptors snapped the Trail Blazers' five-game winning streak. Damian Lillard had 27 points and 11 assists, while CJ McCollum added 21 points for Portland in the matchup between two of the league's dynamic backcourts.
Houston 111, at Phoenix 105: Corey Brewer scored 24 points and Trevor Ariza 22 to lead the Rockets to a victory over the Suns. The Rockets won despite a four-for-19 shooting night by James Harden, who finished with 17 points, more than 10 under his average.
Lakers 99, at New Orleans 96