New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis Isn't Thinking About MVP Award


NY has won six of its past seven games after an 0-3 start.

New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis hears the MVP chants from MSG fans, but he isn't thinking about the NBA's top award.

Porzingis scored 15 straight Knicks points during one stretch over parts of the third and fourth quarters on Sunday to help ny come back from a 19-point deficit with 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter. His first shot seemed to be rejected by the rim.

Payton's potential - While Payton has been practicing with the team since Saturday, no one really knows what the Magic point guard can deliver after an eight-game layoff. The Orlando Magic are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line.

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Tuesday's fourth-quarter box score should be required reading for every Charlotte Hornet. Porzingis' seven points in the final 2:32 of the fourth helped seal New York's comeback.

Vucevic on the perimeter - Nikola Vucevic has quietly become a legitimate 3-point threat, and while he's cooled off some, he's still connecting at a 40.5 percent clip from deep. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Tuesday game was NY F Kristaps Porzingis' first since winning Eastern Conference player of the week honors after averaging more than 33 points last week. The talented big man was finally the centerpiece for the New York Knicks in the aftermath of the Carmelo Anthony saga and, given his huge upside, there was real intrigue at the thought of what Porzingis could do.

"McDermott was the difference in the game, in my opinion", said Hornets coach Steve Clifford.

You can't play so haphazardly, no matter how well you scored in the first half.

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Jeremy Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left to give the Hornets their biggest lead of the game to that point, and Howard had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. I was just trying to be aggressive tonight, trying to be a shooter, that's what I do. Evan Fournier is averaging 20.3 points and 3.5 assists while Aaron Gordon is averaging 19.1 points and 8.9 rebounds. The Knicks held the Magic to 13 points on 18 percent shooting in the last 12 minutes and picked up a 113-105 victory.

With the loss, Charlotte falls to 0-1 on the season against NY. Jeremy Lamb ended the game with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

It was the Knicks' second straight victory in a game in which they had trailed by double-digits entering the fourth quarter. They are 6-1 against the spread over their last seven games and 5-1 in their last six versus Southeast Division opponents.

This road trip is ugly, particularly when you consider the last game is against a Celtics team in Boston that has won its last nine games. New York's performance in the final quarter also keyed its last win in the series with Orlando, on March 6 in Florida.

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The wins may or may not come and knowing the expectations for the team and the propensity to play down to them for this franchise, maybe betting on the under is still a safe bet.