So, you couldn’t get to the Garden on Tuesday evening? Well, in case you had been there Sunday, you noticed the Knicks’ newest Houdini act.
And vice versa. If you missed Sunday however noticed Tuesday, effectively, you get the concept.
The solely factor lacking this time was a profession excessive by Kristaps Porzingis, who “settled” for 28 factors, together with a monster Three-pointer with 1:49 left to provide the Knicks the lead for good as they went on for his or her sixth victory seven video games, a 118-113 win over the Hornets. The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 within the recreation and by 11 factors with lower than 10 minutes left.
Porzingis added a drive from up prime with 11 seconds to go to supply a 116-113 lead. Porzingis put it on the ground and powered previous 6-foot-Three rookie Malik Monk and simply beat the shot clock. Monk (21 factors) missed a subsequent Three, Kemba Walker (21 factors) rebounded however misplaced management with 1.5 seconds left.
Ho hum. Just one other “Where in blazes did this come from?” win.
“He’s the thing you need if you want to be an elite team: an offensive superstar you can’t guard one-on-one,” Charlotte coach Steve Clifford mentioned of Porzingis.
Porzingis spent a superb chunk of the comeback on the bench, so guys like Doug McDermott (20 factors), Kyle O’Quinn (12 factors) and Lance Thomas (10 factors) fought the way in which again. And they needed to after the Knicks early defensive woes. They gave up essentially the most factors in 1 / 4, 41 within the first, and a half, 69 within the first half, this season.
“They played great. Everybody came in and brought energy,” Porzingis mentioned. “The first three quarters weren’t the prettiest but in the fourth quarter we did what we needed to do.”
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 for the Knicks (6-Four) and Enes Kanter added 14. Dwight Howard additionally scored 21 for the Hornets.
The comeback pulled right into a tie, the sport’s first since 24-24, when Porzingis hit a Three over Howard at 1:49 to make it 114-111. Down by 9 late, the Knicks had gotten back-to-back 3s from Thomas and Hardaway Jr to shut inside 109-106 at Four:48.
With the Garden throng once more screaming “Dee-fense, dee-defense” similar to Sunday, the Knicks responded. For a bit anyway. Down eight, they bought a pair stops and two O’Quinn inside scores to maneuver inside 4 factors, 104-100, at 7:03. The Hornet lead, although, surged again to 9 on a Howard put-back and a Walker Three at 5:34. The Knicks referred to as time and Porzingis re-entered.
The Knicks, who had trailed by 15 at one level, nonetheless stared at an 11-point ditch after Monk hit a Three-pointer with 9:55 left within the fourth. So O’Quinn and McDermott spearheaded an unlikely comeback. Against Indiana Sunday, the Knicks fought again from 19 factors right down to win.
O’Quinn scored a put-back at 9:29 and after Charlotte misfired thrice on the different finish, McDermott hit a four-point play, Michael Carter-Williams fouling, at eight:42 and the Hornets lead was 5 — then seven on a Walker drive.
The Knicks’ comeback hit a wall at eight:06 when an O’Quinn tap-in was waved off as offensive interference. Coach Jeff Hornacek drew a technical, Walker changing at eight:06 and Charlotte was again up eight.
The Knicks should not about to throw Frank Ntilikina again in fact, however within the second quarter Tuesday, all those that cried for Monk to be the selection at No. eight in final June’s draft had a number of, “See? Told ya” moments. Monk, who went 11th to Charlotte, shot 6-of-10 in that second quarter, pouring in 15 factors because the Hornets went into halftime holding a 69-58 lead.
The Hornets, who haven’t had the versatile Nicolas Batum who suffered a preseason elbow harm, had been with out Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a 3rd straight recreation due to private causes. But they’d sufficient to guide by double-figures for many of three quarters.
Porzingis, who entered with seven video games of 30 or extra factors, already had essentially the most factors ever by the primary 9 video games of a Knicks season. And he bought himself in prime place to make it essentially the most by 10, a pleasant mark to have even when it doesn’t imply something when it comes to Springfield and the Hall of Fame.
Still, Porzingis, who entered with 272 factors, wanted 24 to prime the 295 put up by 10 video games in 1984-85 by Bernard King, who sat courtside. By halftime, Porzingis was effectively on his approach with 19 factors, 15 of them within the first quarter, 13 of these within the first 6:10. He completed with 300 factors in 10 video games, a brand new workforce normal.