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Kristaps Porzingis Scores Career-High 38 as Knicks Top Nuggets

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Kristaps Porzingis scoring in the second half on Monday. He had a career-high 38 points against the Nuggets.

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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.

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