The late-game magic and the corresponding euphoria formally have returned, in the end, to the Garden.
The all of a sudden surging Knicks overcame a double-digit deficit within the fourth quarter for the second straight sport and knocked off Charlotte as their newest comeback sufferer with a spirited 118-113 victory at MSG, their sixth in seven video games following an Zero-Three begin to the season.
Kristaps Porzingis pumped in 19 factors within the first half and netted seven mbadive ones for the Knicks within the closing minutes of the fourth to complete with 28, falling shy of the 30-point mark for under the third time in the course of the Knicks’ 6-Four begin.
Porzingis, named Monday because the Eastern Conference participant of the week, nonetheless set the franchise file for essentially the most factors by way of 10 video games of a season with a fair 300, breaking the earlier mark of 298 by Bernard King, who was in attendance, in 1984-85.
Doug McDermott posted a season-best 20 factors, together with a key transformed four-point play within the fourth quarter, with Tim Hardaway Jr. including 19 for the Knicks.
Malik Monk, the previous Kentucky freshman star handed over by the Knicks with the eighth general draft choose in favor of French-bred level guard Frank Ntilikina final summer season, scored 21 off the bench for Charlotte. Dwight Howard and Kemba Walker additionally chipped in 21 factors apiece for the Hornets.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 within the first half and nonetheless have been behind by 11 to open the fourth quarter, however reserves McDermott and Kyle O’Quinn (12 factors) mixed for 15 within the first 5 minutes of the ultimate interval to shut the hole to 4.
With Ntilikina and Lance Thomas each within the sport down the stretch once more for defensive functions, three-pointers by Thomas (10 factors), Hardaway and one other by McDermott drew the Knicks inside two with three minutes remaining.
With the house followers once more chanting “MVP” for him, Porzingis drained two free throws for the tie with 2:32 to go earlier than his straightaway three on the 1:48 mark supplied the Knicks with their first lead since early within the first quarter.
The Latvian mbadive man then sank a driving scoop with the shot clock expiring for a three-point lead with 11 seconds remaining, prompting one other eruption from the Garden devoted, and Courtney Lee iced it with two late free throws.
While Monk loved a giant scoring evening for the Hornets, that doesn’t take away from how happy coach Jeff Hornacek and the Knicks have been with the progress being made by Ntilikina, who had his best sport at each ends throughout Sunday’s comeback win over Indiana.
“I think we’ve seen it in practice, he’s never afraid of anything. And you saw in the game, he got us into plays, trying to put a little pressure trying to get back in the game,” Hornacek stated earlier than Tuesday’s sport. “He has the boldness that he can go on the market instantly and play.
“I think he’s even going to be better the second time we go around the league…But the more he proves he can be out there, then the sooner he gets there.”
Defensively, the Knicks didn’t get to the ball practically sufficient within the first quarter, permitting the Hornets to complete 41 factors, together with seven three-pointers, for a nine-point benefit after one. The session did embody one defensive spotlight for the Knicks, when Kyle O’Quinn and Porzingis mixed to dam three consecutive photographs inside by Cody Zeller, with KP swatting away a fourth and pumping his fist, albeit after a foul was referred to as on Ntilikina down low.
Led by Monk’s 17-point outburst within the second, that includes Four-of-Eight for the rookie from downtown, Charlotte prolonged its result in as many 15 earlier than the Knicks drew again to inside 69-58 at intermission.
Seven fast factors by Hardaway early within the third drew the Knicks as shut as 4, however Porzingis netted just one bucket within the interval and the Hornets pushed their lead again to 11 (94-83) getting into the ultimate quarter.
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