NEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis mentioned it was an “honor” to set the Knicks’ franchise scoring report by way of 10 video games. But he is extra involved with how New York finishes the season.
“The sweetest thing for us, the best thing for us, will be to make the playoffs. This means nothing,” mentioned Porzingis, whose Knicks have missed the postseason for 4 straight seasons. “If we can keep winning and I keep doing what I have to do, then the real reward will come.”
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Porzingis had 28 factors within the Knicks’ win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, together with seven factors within the remaining 2:32 to badist New York seal one other comeback victory.
It was the Knicks’ second straight victory in a sport wherein that they had trailed by double-digits getting into the fourth quarter. That’s the primary time within the shot-clock period (beginning in 1954-55) that the Knicks have had back-to-back video games on this situation, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
“We’re not giving up,” Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek mentioned after the competition. “For them to get these wins and see that if they just keep going and keep playing that they can pull these games out is great.”
New York has gained six of its previous seven video games after an Zero-Three begin. Porzingis, a 7-foot-Three ahead, has been a driving drive. He has 300 factors within the first 10 video games of the season, the very best complete in franchise historical past. Porzingis on Tuesday broke Bernard King’s report of 298 factors, set in 1984-85.
“Having a guy like KP, who’s playing the best basketball in the NBA, makes our job a lot easier,” Doug McDermott mentioned after scoring 20 factors on 7 of eight capturing to guide New York’s bench.
McDermott and Kyle O’Quinn mixed to attain 15 factors within the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter to chop Charlotte’s lead from 11 factors to 4. Porzingis’ seven factors within the remaining 2:32 of the fourth helped seal New York’s comeback.
The 22-year-old Porzingis had a Three-pointer to interrupt a 111-111 tie with 1:49 to play, and he then transformed a layup because the shot clock expired to present the Knicks a Three-point cushion with 11 seconds remaining.
“That shot there was, gosh, just another sign of the greatness that’s becoming,” Hornacek mentioned. “He did not get panicked. He knew precisely what was on the shot clock. He knew that he might get there and nonetheless get the layup off.
“That was a brilliant sensible play, fairly than simply attempt to shoot a fadeaway soar shot.”
Porzingis is the NBA’s second-leading scorer (30.Zero factors per sport) — and the face of a crew that is defying preseason expectations. An indication of simply how standard he has change into in New York got here earlier Tuesday, when a voter in New York City’s mayoral election reportedly voted for him as a write-in candidate.
“That’s fairly humorous. I feel I am undoubtedly prepared for the job,” Porzingis told ESPN with a laugh. “People have lots of creativeness.”