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Baynes bags 20 in Pistons' big NBA win

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016

In the absence of star Detroit centre Andre Drummond, Aron Baynes has stepped up with his best game of the NBA season as the Pistons hammered Oklahoma City 104-88.

The Australian finished with a season-high 20 points and added eight rebounds to lift the Pistons (6-5) to their fifth straight victory at home despite being without their two best players on Monday night.

Drummond was sidelined with a sprained ankle, while Tobias Harris top-scored with 22 points.

Meanwhile, Andrew Bogut timed a dunk from a Seth Curry alley-oop pass to perfection but Dallas were outclassed again to extend their poor start to the season.

Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 24 points for the New York Knicks in their 93-77 victory, with Bogut contributing four points, nine rebounds and one assist for the Mavericks.

At halftime, the Knicks benched Joakim Noah, their $US72 million ($A95 million) free-agent signing, starting guard Justin Holiday and moving Porzingis to centre in a small line-up.

They responded by scoring 31 points in the third quarter after managing just 36 in an ugly first half.

Anthony scored 17 in the third quarter and 20 in the second half after shooting 1 for 6 in the first half. Porzingis finished with 11 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and J.J. Barea had 17 for the Mavericks, who are still without Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams.

The remaining line-up was good enough to take a 39-36 halftime lead but got run off the floor once the Knicks returned with a different look.

Elsewhere, Australian star Patty Mills scored 10 points and had three rebounds and three assists in San Antonio's 94-90 win over the Miami Heat.

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