The New York Knicks turned in some strong defense during their 8-1 start, but that disappeared over the club's first set of consecutive losses.
The Knicks will look to regroup Sunday and try to remain perfect at Madison Square Garden as they meet an improving Detroit Pistons team.
New York (8-3) was limiting opponents to 42.9 percent shooting over its first nine games but that figure ballooned to 50.6 in its last two - a 114-111 loss at Dallas on Wednesday and a 131-103 defeat to Houston two nights later.
"These last two games haven't been us," forward Carmelo Anthony said. "We've been fighting, especially in Dallas (and) an uphill battle tonight. Giving up thirty-something points in three quarters, that's not our identity so we've got to get back to doing what we do best."
The Knicks surrendered at least 30 points in five straight quarters over the two contests, with Houston totaling 104 entering the fourth in Friday's blowout.
"I know throughout the course of the year or the ...