Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points and Kyle O’Quinn added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets, 116-110, at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter after the Knicks had blown all of their 23-point third-quarter lead.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 28 points and Jamal Murray scored 20.
The Knicks had taken their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on Courtney Lee’s layup with 10 minutes 38 seconds left in the third quarter. However, the Nuggets responded by scoring the next 13 points to ignite a 27-2 run, and they took their first lead, 73-71, on Wilson Chandler’s free throws with 4:42 left in the third quarter.
The Knicks committed 10 turnovers during that six-minute stretch.
The game was tied 77-77 when Doug McDermott’s 3-pointer put the Knicks back in front for good with 1:09 left in the third.
The Knicks led 84-81 going into the final quarter.
Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within a point, 89-88, with 9:50 left in the game.
Hardaway Jr. scored the Knicks’ next 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Porzingis’s jumper with 5:35 left gave them a 104-95 lead.
Continue reading the main story