Porzingis scores 30, Knicks beat Nets 107-86 for 1st win
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 28, 2017 10:34 AM
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives the lane against Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) for their first victory of the season.
Rookie guard Frank Ntilikina also broke the ice with his first NBA points and finished with nine as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.
They did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the NBA's highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.
New York blew it open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a 72-50 cushion and coasted from there.
D'Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence with 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.
They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot just 40.5 percent from the field.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek gave veteran Jarrett Jack his first start at point guard and he responded with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ntilikina, who has been injured for much of the time since former president Phil Jackson made him the No. 8 overall draft pick, then picked up the backup minutes and played well.
Ntilikina, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle after a scoreless NBA debut, made a long jumper with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The French guard hit a three-pointer early in the fourth.
Russell got the first basket of the third quarter to cut New York's lead to three, but the Knicks controlled the next seven minutes of play. Porzingis had a follow dunk and three-point play as he and Enes Kanter combined for all the points in a 9-0 run. Soon after, a 12-2 spurt extended the lead to 72-50.
Nets: Brooklyn missed its chance to even the all-time series, which the Knicks lead 95-93.
Knicks: Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who had played just 15 minutes in the first three games — sitting out one entirely — got in during the first half and finished with four points.
Nets: Host Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Knicks: Visit Cleveland on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).