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New York — For Brandon Jennings, the wait is finally over.

Jennings, the backup Pistons point guard, played in his first game since suffering an Achilles tear in January, checking in late in the first quarter of the Pistons matchup against the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Jennings has been rehabbing for the last 11 months and played a game with the Grand Rapids Drive in the D-League on Saturday, Dec. 19. He dressed for the previous three games with the Pistons but didn’t play.

Jennings checked in with 2:47 left in the first quarter and made a turnover trying to toss an alley-oop to Andre Drummond, but it was off the mark.

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

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