NYK 118, CHA 113: Porzingis Delivers In The Clutch, McDermott Adds 20 in Knicks Third Straight Win
How It Happened:
Once again, the Knicks crawled out from a significant deficit to upend their opponent at Madison Square Garden. Tonight’s victim was the Charlotte Hornets as New York battled back from nine points down in the fourth quarter to secure its third straight win, 118-113. The Hornets came out swinging with 41 first quarter points and a lead that reached 15 points. However, the Knicks second unit provided a spark during a 14-2 run over four minutes in the fourth period. The New York spurt was punctuated by a Kristaps Porzingis bucket from downtown at the top of the arc to push the home team’s lead to 114-111. Over the next 1:48, the Knicks clamped down on defense to hold the road squad to just two points. New York has now won five of their last six games and improved to 6-4 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Porzingis delivered the clutch bucket to hand the Knicks a three-point advantage late in the contest. He scored a game-high 28 points to set the franchise mark for most points (300) scored in the first 10 games of the season, surpassing Bernard King and Patrick Ewing.
Doug McDermott scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19, Enes Kanter registered 14 points, and Courtney Lee dished out nine assists.
New York recorded 29 team assists and six players finished in double figures in points.
The Knicks will hit the road directly after the contest for a road matchup in Orlando tomorrow night. Tipoff set for 7 PM on MSG Network.