Porzingis’ heroics lifts Knicks past Pacers, 101-108
Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 of his total 40 points in the last 13 minutes of the game as the New York Knicks rallied from a 19 point deficit to steal the win against the Indiana Pacers, 101-108.
Besides the career-high 40 points, Porzingis also added 8 rebounds and 6 blocks in probably the most stunning win of the season.
“I just think we’re playing with a New York mentality.”
– Kristaps Porzingis
Its is for the seventh time in nine games when the Latvian star drops at least 30 points.
Enes Kanter scored 9 points and collected a season-high 18 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with 16 points.
French rookie Frank Ntilikina had a solid game himself. With 1:34 on the clock, Ntilikina launched a 26-foot three pointer that gave the Knicks the lead (99-102) for the first time since the first quarter. Frank finished with 10 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in almost 24 minutes of playtime.
For the Indiana Pacers, who built a 19 points lead with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter, Thaddeus Young scored 18, Victor Oladipo added 17 while Darren Collinson dropped 15 and dished 10 assists.
The Knicks improved 5-4 and became a winning team for the first time since December last year, after starting the season with three straight losses.