Porzingis, Beasley help Knicks beat Nets in opener of trip

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 07:09 AM
Porzingis, Beasley help Knicks beat Nets in opener of trip
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, left, fouls Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of the NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and nine rebounds, Michael Beasley added 23 points and 10 boards, and the New York Knicks opened their longest road trip in nearly 30 years by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-104 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).

A day after blowing a 19-point lead in the third quarter of a loss to New Orleans, the Knicks lost most of a 14-point advantage heading to the fourth. But they opened the period with 11 straight points and went on to beat the Nets comfortably for the third time this season.

Though the game was only a few miles from their home arena, the Knicks will do plenty of traveling the rest of the trip. They play seven straight on the road for the first time since 1988-89, with the remainder coming against the Western Conference.

Rookie Frank Ntilikina finished with 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the third time in 13 games. They played without Tim Hardaway Jr., who was rested after playing 33 minutes Sunday in his second game back from a stress injury to his lower left leg.

DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points for the Nets, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Nets were 14-for-44 in the first half and fell behind by 14 early in the third. They got back into the game mostly on the strength of their free-throw shooting during a foul-filled 12 minutes in which the teams combined to shoot 36 free throws. Brooklyn went 17-of-20 and trailed only 83-81 after Carroll’s jumper at the buzzer.

But Ron Baker and Ntilikina made three-pointers and Beasley had a three-point play in the opening run that made it 94-81 and Brooklyn never challenged again.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Trey Burke made his Knicks debut after being signed Sunday (Monday, PHL time) from their G League team. Burke made a jumper on his first shot and had five points. ... Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway hadn’t had any setbacks or recurrence of injury, but that he needed rest after playing more minutes than they’d planned on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Nets: The Nets fell to 0-8 against the Atlantic Division. ... D’Angelo Russell practiced with the Long Island Nets of the G League on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) as he continues his recovery from left knee surgery. He was recalled after practice and sat on the Nets’ bench, where he was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. Coach Kenny Atkinson said the point guard is close to returning from the injury that’s sidelined him for two months. ... C Tyler Zeller was back in the starting lineup after missing a game with a sore left hip.

LONG ROAD AHEAD

The Knicks move on to Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before the rest of the trip takes them to the western half of the country. They will be gone nearly two weeks before returning home to host the Nets on Jan. 30 (Jan. 31, PHL time).

“I told the guys last night, this is an opportunity,” Hornacek said. “People look at road trips as, ‘Man, we’ve got a tough trip.’ We’ve got to look at it as, ‘Hey, this is a chance for us.’ If we go out there and have a great road trip, that could give you the momentum to go into the All-Star break and come back from that and maybe make a run at something later on.”

LEE FROM THE LINE

Courtney Lee made his 44th straight free throw on a third-quarter technical, tying the Knicks’ record set by Chris Duhon in 2008-09. Lee came into the game leading the league at 96.1 percent after hitting 73-of-76.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

Nets: Host San Antonio on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

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