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Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Feb 11, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket between New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Knicks set a new franchise record with their longest losing streak (17 games) in franchise history after losing to the Cavaliers, 107-104, in Cleveland Monday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Knicks came close to forcing overtime in this one, as Luke Kornet drained back-to-back threes to bring New York within one. He had a great look after a pump fake to take the lead, but was well short on another three. In the end, the Knicks had two chances to bury a three to send the game to overtime, but Dennis Smith Jr. and Kornet were off. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott Thompson
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Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 9, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It was hard fought, but the Knicks fell for the 16th straight game as the Raptors took them down, 104-99, at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) The Knicks got off to a hot start with a 14-3 run. However, the Raptors closed the first quarter with a 25-23 lead. New York made it close the rest of the way, regaining their lead at one point in the second. But Toronto, the second-best team in the Eastern Conference right now, would've let this one slip away. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Toronto Raptors, Scott Thompson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Since coming over in the blockbuster trade with the Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. has been the Knicks' entire offense. And that's not an exaggeration. 

After dropping 25 points the game before, Smith drained a career-high 31 against the Pistons on Friday night. He also had eight assists, as the young point guard hasn't been shy with his aggressive style of play. 

But Smith still wasn't happy despite setting a new personal best in points. He shot 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which included five misses in the fourth quarter that allowed the Pistons lead to rack up. 

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Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Feb 8, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) attempts a dunk against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

It was the same result between the Pistons and Knicks in this second leg of a home-and-home, as Detroit took down New York, 120-103, on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Following up a 25-point game, Dennis Smith Jr. dropped a career-high 31 points on 9-for-15 from the field with eight assists and two rebounds as well. Smith also went 11-for-19 from the charity stripe, which he didn't seem happy about having given away eight free points. Either way, he has solidified himself as the Knicks' main source of offense since the Kristaps Porzingis trade. 

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Knicks coach David Fizdale, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan comment on Smith's stellar performance in the Knicks loss to the Pistons.

Led by PF Blake Griffin, the Pistons took down the Knicks in Madison Square Garden, 105-92, for the team's 14th straight loss. >> Box score

Things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Dennis Smith Jr. had his best game as a Knick so far, dropping 25 points on 11-for-25 shooting with six assists and five rebounds as well. Being the Knicks' primary source of offense tonight, this could be the role Smith plays for the rest of the season, especially since he was in a lot of 1-on-1 situations. Fizdale clearly wants to see Smith's offensive gifts for himself, and he got that tonight.

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Scott Thompson
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Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 3, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Dennis Smith Jr. is back in the Slam Dunk contest.

The NBA announced Tuesday that the new Knick, acquired on Thursday from Dallas in the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster trade, will be in the contest for the second straight year, returning to his home state of North Carolina to participate on Feb. 16 during NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte.

The 21-year-old Smith, whom Dallas selected No. 9 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft -one pick after the Knicks took Frank Ntilikina, finished third in last year's dunk contest as a rookie. Smith is a native of Fayetteville and played for a year at NC State. Smith is the first Knicks to participate in the dunk contest since James White in 2013. 

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 (Kelly Kline)
(Kelly Kline)

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- After tearing his ACL last year at the Adidas Nations, Dennis Smith Jr. is back. Returning to the place where he first got injured a year ago Tuesday, Smith has been stellar, playing in the College division with Team Wizards.

"I thank God that I'm out here playing again," said the 6-foot-3 N.C. State point guard. "This is where I got injured last year and I'm just thankful to be back on the court."

With the season quickly arriving, Smith feels prepared to go out and have a great year.

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Dennis Smith Jr. has announced that he will be graduating high school early, and will enroll at N.C. State in January.

"It's mainly for rehab purposes," Smith Jr. said on ESPNU Thursday. "I can rehab everyday there, and thankfully my grades are good enough for me to do it early."

Smith Jr., who committed to the Wolfpack in September, went on to say that rehab on his ACL following surgery Aug. 7 has been going even better than the original plan.

Tags: Dennis Smith Jr., Jack LeGwin, North Carolina State University, Adam Zagoria
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