Kristaps Porzingis lived up to his "Unicorn" moniker as he did something in Tuesday night's overtime win over the Laker no NBA player has ever done.
Porzingis became the first NBA player to have at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and five 3-pointers made in a single game. And without that production, the Knicks may not have gotten past Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in a 113-109 thriller. It is performances like these that continue to thrill everyone watching the 22-year-old, including his head coach.
"This is probably, hopefully the tip of the iceberg for him," head coach Jeff Hornacek told ESPN's Ian Begley. "This is only his third year in the league, [and] at 22 years old, to put up these numbers is something else...And again, he's going to get better and better every year too."
When viewing his stat line after the game, Porzingis liked what he saw in his production. However, that isn't his end game.
"It's an honor that I'm capable of doing something that has never been done. But that doesn't help us make the playoffs," Porzingis said. "And at the end we want to make the playoffs and do something big as a team."
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Porzingis also came through in the cluth during overtime, including the layup through traffic that gave the Knicks a six-point lead with just under a minute to play. He finished the game with 37 points, shooting 14-for-26 (53.8 percent), including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. He also notched 11 rebounds, and tallied an assist and steal as well.
The Knicks star forward now has 2.2 blocks per game after his performance last night, which is going for second in the NBA. He also ranks seventh with 26 points per game.