With Rodney Stuckey out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with a shoulder contusion, and Richard Hamilton at home with the flu (or nausea from being benched), shooting guard Ben Gordon had little competition for playing time as the Detroit Pistons squared off with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night.

Gordon took advantage of the opportunity, pouring in a season-high 35 points in 42 minutes. He finished the game 12-21 from the floor, including 7-11 beyond the arc.

It was the first time Gordon has scored 20 points in back-to-back games since a four-game streak in the first two weeks of the regular season.

No one should be surprised by Gordon's ability to score. He averaged 20.3 points per game over his last three seasons as a member of the Chicago Bulls before signing a five-year deal with Pistons before the 2009-10 season.

What Gordon has lacked in Detroit, that he didn't in Chicago, is consistent playing time. During the aforementioned three-season stretch in Chicago, Gordon played nearly 34 minutes per game. In Detroit, that average has been cut by more than six minutes.

Less playing time has translated into fewer shots, to the point where Gordon is only attempting 10.3 field goals per contest, the lowest figure of his career.

The bright side is, when given a healthy dose of minutes as a Piston, Gordon has performed to his capabilities. Since the start of last season, Gordon has played 30-plus minutes in 37 games, including Sunday night's loss in New York. In those games, he's averaging 20.1 points.