The Kings started this game on a 10-0 run and the Knicks ended it on a 118-81 run and that was that. Kristaps Porzingis put up his usual 30+, the role players played their roles, and Willy the Kid and Damyean Dotson helped close out the victory for the Knicks.
I know KP balled out, but Courtney Lee hasn't gotten enough love this year. When the Knicks signed Courtney Lee, they were expecting him to be the glue piece to unite Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Kristaps Porzingis. Things didn't quite work out as planned, but this year Courtney Lee has been filling the role the Knicks brought him in to fill. He's done a little bit of everything for the Knicks all year but tonight he showed off his offensive skill set scoring 20 points on 7/9 shooting including 5/6 from 3.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
I'm tempted to copy and paste from half of this seasons recaps. Timmy seems to be forcing the issue when all the Knicks really need him to do is make open shots and take some pressure off Porzingis. Hardaway has been finishing well at the rim but appears to prefer launching contested 3s to driving. He finished the game with 4 points on 2/11 shooting, including 0/6 from 3.
- Knicks Rookie Damyean Dotson came in at the end of the 3rd and played 14 minutes scoring 14 points on 6/9 shooting.
- Porzingis scored 34 points despite sitting out the 4th quarter.
- After turning the ball over 23 times against the Magic, the Knicks committed just 5 turnovers through the first 3 quarters and only 11 turnovers overall tonight.
- This was the final game of Joakim Noah's suspension. The Knicks will need to make a roster move before their next game against the Cavaliers and it is unclear what that move will be.
The Knicks remain at the Garden for their second game of the season against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are still finding their way and their defense has been among the worst in the NBA. The Cavs will hope to right the ship and avenge their 19-point loss earlier this season at the hands of the Knicks.