MIAMI (AP) Kelly Olynyk scored 22 points and handed out a career-high 10 assists, Tyler Johnson added 22 points and the Miami Heat had little trouble on the way to beating the New York Knicks 119-98 on Wednesday night.
Wayne Ellington scored 16, Justise Winslow added 15, Goran Dragic had 14 and Josh Richardson finished with 12 for the Heat, who remained seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Olynyk's previous high for assists was eight, done twice. He scored 52 points, had 16 assists and grabbed 13 rebounds in Miami's brief two-game homestand, with the Heat winning both outings. >> Read more
Whether Jeff Hornacek returns the Knicks next season is irrelevant. At the moment, he's still the head coach and in his eyes, he believes one thing the club is sorely lacking is a genuine small forward.
"I think if you look around at the top teams that are in the league they have multiple guys that are in the 6-7, 6-8 range with length," Hornacek said. "We had a lot of guys that are in the 6-5ish range. Just to get bigger at some of those spots and just continue to work on the chemistry."
Due to the lack of options, the Knicks have often used Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee, natural shooting guards, at small forward. In doing so, the club has given up precious height and overall size advantages.
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MIAMI -- The Miami Heat are coming off an incredible double-overtime win in which they set a franchise record by scoring 149 points, and now they face a team that has only recently shown signs of life after nine straight defeats.
The host Heat (38-33) and the New York Knicks (26-45), who will meet Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, were once bitter rivals. But this is the fifth straight season the Knicks have missed the playoffs. In fact, they have won only one playoff series in the past 18 years.
Miami is NBA royalty by comparison, winning five conference championships and three NBA titles in the past dozen years. >> Read more
Now that Trae Young has officially declared for the NBA Draft, Knicks fans can officially dream of landing the player who has been called a young Steph Curry.
The 6-foot-2 Oklahoma freshman declared for the Draft on Tuesday after an up-and-down season at Oklahoma where he led the nation in scoring (27.4 ppg) and assists (8.7). He scored 40 or more points three times, but also crashed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round.
The Knicks (26-45) currently own the NBA's ninth-worst record, and may have a chance to land Young depending on where they end up in the lottery.
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After a very disappointing 31-51 season last year when Hornacek arrived, and another 50-plus loss season on the way -- which includes a 9-31 stretch over the past 40 games -- it will be a sigh of relief when Hornacek gets the pink slip.
So, who will replace him? Let's take a look at a few of the top candidates and who might make sense as the Knicks try to put the right pieces together to potentially be more competitive next season.
With the Knicks once again in the dumps as the regular season comes to an end, it appears a change at head coach is bound to happen.
According to The New York Times' Marc Stein, there aren't many in the NBA that believe Hornacek will be finishing the final year left on his contract with the Knicks. New management in team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry want their own head coach. Hornacek was brought in by former president Phil Jackson, and they supposedly want everything involving him wiped clean.
So who could be a potential target to replace Hornacek? It looks like former Knicks point guard, Mark Jackson, is a top candidate early on.
As the Knicks disappointing season comes to an end, some players on the team are playing for contracts next season. And F Isaiah Hicks is making a good case for himself.
After a nine-point performance against the Bulls on Monday night, Hicks is showing the Knicks that they could have a place for him next season. He notched 12 points and eight boards in 25 minutes against the Hornets as well.
So, as the season has just 11 games left, seeing what Hicks brings to the table is a priority for the tanking Knicks. Head coach Jeff Hornacek loves his physical stature and athletic abilities. If he could tweak his jumpshot, he could be a solid backup to Kristaps Porzingis in the stretch-four position one day.
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Kristaps Porzingis generated buzz over the weekend after he was pictured shooting at a gym in his Manhattan apartment building on Sunday.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points and Michael Beasley added 17 as the New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 110-92 on Monday night.
Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Troy Williams added 11 for the Knicks.
Coming off their biggest win in months, perhaps their biggest win of the season, the New York Knicks host the visiting Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks scored a 124-101 win over the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, snapping a nine-game losing streak, by tightening up a defense that has struggled throughout the season.
Sorry fans, but the Knicks aren't listening to any tanking talks. They are still trying to win.
With 12 games left in the regular season, Knicks fans are hoping their team continues to lose to set themselves up for the NBA Draft in June. New York currently owns the ninth-worst record in the league, which gives them a 6.1 percent chance to be picked in the Top Three during the NBA Draft Lottery.
The Knicks also just so happen to be playing the team with the eighth-worst record in the league on Monday night -- the Chicago Bulls. They are in full tank mode with three of their key players in Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Zach LaVine all not making the trip to Madison Square Garden. A loss for the Knicks would make both teams swap spots, and in turn, their chance to land in the Top Three would increase to 10 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, and the New York Knicks snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 124-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.
The New York Knicks' Saturday night matchup with the visiting Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden will be a battle between two centers of attention who are getting that attention for very different reasons at the moment.
Charlotte's Dwight Howard is in the midst of perhaps his best stretch in a half-dozen years, regaining the form of his youth with three 30-point games in the last 10 days, including a 33-point performance in a 129-117 win over his former team, the Atlanta Hawks, on Thursday. Howard also scored 30 on March 10 against the Phoenix Suns and 30 against Philadelphia on March 6 in a loss to Philadelphia. Since the loss to the 76ers Howard is 53-for-72 from the field.
Howard, in his 14th NBA season, said his offseason trade from the Hawks to the Hornets has reinvigorated him.
With the Knicks hosting the Hornets Saturday night, a familiar face from the team this season returns in C Willy Hernangomez.
The First-Team All-Rookie selection a year ago was traded to the Hornets after being underutilized to start the year. Despite reports that Hernangomez wanted to leave the team, Knicks starting C Enes Kanter has nothing against him.
In fact, he still stays in contact with him.
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Knicks center Enes Kanter is among the players frustrated by New York's 1-17 stretch and outside talk of tanking.
"I'm frustrated by losing, for sure. But I came here to win games. I didn't come here to get a good lottery pick," Kanter said, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber. "I came here to win games and make the playoffs. So games like this are just weird. They make me think, 'Why am I sitting?' It's weird ..."
Though Kanter had 14 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's 118-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, he said New York has a problem finishing out games, especially considering the Knicks led 91-83 entering the fourth quarter but were outscored 35-19.
Despite seeing his role reduced over the past several weeks, Knicks point guard Jarrett Jack said he turned down multiple offers to potential NBA playoff contenders.
"The situations that came my way, I could've went," Jack said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "I definitely could've went to a couple of situations. As far as making sense personally, I didn't see the benefit. Playoff teams are usually secure with their guards."
NEW YORK (AP) Joel Embiid had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Ben Simmons finished with a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers used a big final period to rally past the New York Knicks, 118-110 on Thursday night.
The Sixers, who hold the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter before storming back in the final period, going on a 20-6 run during the last five minutes of regulation.
Simmons finished with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who've have an up-and-down few weeks, head to Madison Square Garden to face the slumping New York Knicks on Thursday night.
Coming off a 101-98 home loss to the Indiana Pacers -- a game in which Joel Embiid scored 29 but turned the ball over eight times and allowed Myles Turner to score 25 -- Philadelphia gets a chance to right the ship against a Knicks squad its already beaten twice this year.
"The fact is that we have not been able to get through the Miamis, the Washingtons, the Milwaukees and tonight the Indianas," 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters. "With each one of those games, we learn a little bit about what we need to get better for the playoffs. I think there's tremendous learning power out of these games."
There is not much to root for this Knicks season, but that hasn't stopped former president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from cheering on the Blue and Orange.
Coming from Chicago, Barack is a known Bulls fans. However, he can't help but to root for his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, who heads the Knicks' player development program.
"They are absolutely Knicks fans but they are both Chicago Bulls fans. They wouldn't stop rooting for the Bulls even when I was with the Bucks," Robinson told ESPN's Ian Begley. "And I never had to worry about it when I was coaching college. But yeah they are Knicks fans, they pay attention. So I get critiqued by the former president of the United States and the former First Lady."
NEW YORK (AP) Dallas has been so bad that Dirk Nowitzki wasn't aware the Mavericks hadn't won on the road in more than a month.
Losers of seven straight and 15 of 16, the New York Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden with a chance for at least temporary relief against another one of the NBA's worst teams.
The Knicks and small forward Troy Williams agreed to a contract for the rest of the 2017-18 season and with partial guarantees for the 2018-19 season, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
The 23-year-old Williams has averaged 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in eight games since joining New York last month.
Nigel Hayes made his Madison Square Garden debut on Sunday night, but it wasn't for the team he started his 2017-18 season with.
Hayes, an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin last season, began his season with the G-League Westchester Knicks. But, after pouring in 15.9 points per game this season, the Lakers signed him to a 10-day contract.
After two games with Los Angeles, he found his way back with the Knicks' G-League, but the Raptors came calling recently. And it was convenient that his first game with Toronto just so happened to be against the Knicks.
NEW YORK (AP) Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks 132-106 on Sunday for their season-high eighth straight victory.
Since the turn of the century for the Knicks, there haven't been many good times on the court. They've rarely made the playoffs and regularly have found themselves short on talent, draft picks and hope.
But, no matter how bad, and occasionally good, the team has been, someone has had to score the points. Since 2000, there have been 86 instances in which a Knicks player has averaged 10 points per game or more for the season. How many can you name?
The list is comprised of star and role players alike, while one name has five of the top six scoring seasons in the new millennium...
The Knicks dropped a back-and-forth game to the Bucks, 120-112, in Milwaukee.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting, including four three pointers. Emmanuel Mudiay, who has been struggling, had a great game from the field with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with four assists.
Enes Kanter and Troy Williams also notched double-digit games in points with 16 and 18 respectively.
New York has dropped 13 of its last 14 games overall including five in a row, are is 1-9 since Kristaps Porzingis was lost for the season with an ACL injury in a Feb. 6 loss to Milwaukee. >> Read more
As the Knicks limp towards the end of the season, currently having lost 13 of their last 14 games, Jeff Hornacek assured the NBA that they need not worry about tanking from the Knicks. They're still trying to win.
The Knicks are intent on giving Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke more minutes in the backcourt ahead of veterans such as Courtney Lee and Jarrett Jack. Hornacek noted that the team is giving young players valuable minutes rather than explicitly trying to lose...
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Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek doesn't expect to be looking for a job next season.
"I still have next year so, unless they tell me something different," Hornacek told Newsday's Al Iannazzone when asked if he's staying with the Knicks next season. Hornacek also said, "I think everybody does," referring to the Knicks' front office.
This all came before the Knicks were blown out in Portland, 111-87, which was the team's 13th loss in 14 games. Hornacek's squad in the beginning of the season showed promise with a 17-14 start. But injuries and bad play ravaged the season, and they have gone 7-27 since.
Amid the Knicks' struggles this season, C Enes Kanter has been putting up career numbers. That is why him opting out of his current deal may not be that far of a stretch after the season.
Kanter is set to make $18.6 million next season if he stays with the Knicks before hitting free agency in 2019. But after tallying a career-high 32 double-doubles this season while averaging 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a career-best 60.3 percent from the field in 25.9 minutes per game.
So, the Turkish big man has a big decision to make in the offseason. But he says he'll focus on the rest of the season first before addressing his own situation...
Jeff Hornacek thought mixing up his lineup would spark a change in his team. Too bad Trail Blazers PG Damian Lillard didn't care who was on the floor.
Frank Ntilikina saw his first start as a Knicks, but it was at shooting guard as Courtney Lee was injured. Michael Beasley, on the other hand, came off the bench as his offensive struggles forced the move by Hornacek. Lance Thomas took his spot instead.
But, on the road in Portland, it was the red-hot Lillard who put on a show once again to aid the Blazers to a 111-87 blowout. He had 37 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including eight threes.
Damian Lillard continued his torrid post-All-Star break run with a 37-point effort as the Trail Blazers cruised past the Knicks, 111-87, on Tuesday night.
The Portland point guard needed just 18 shots to reach 37, making eight of 11 from three-point range in his torching of the New York backcourt. In that backcourt, Frank Ntilikina made his first career start but could only muster six points and two assists in 28 minutes.
Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina is in the starting lineup on Tuesday night for the first time in his career, the team announced.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have been on a sweet ride of late, and they want very much for it to continue.
Knicks SG Courtney Lee will miss Tuesday night's game against the Trail Blazers due to personal reasons, the team announced.
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NEW YORK -- Charles Barkley may be known as a notorious Knicks hater, but fresh off hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, Barkley now says the Knicks are in their best position in years, and can continue to build a playoff team via the draft and their young players.
"It's the best it's been in a long time and it's getting better," Barkley, echoing comments he made last month, said Tuesday at a CBS/Turner media brunch in Manhattan. "It's unfortunate [Kristaps] Porzingis got hurt, but I'm telling you, I think they're getting better."
Barkley said he likes the young Knicks core of Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay, and is a big fan of center Enes Kanter, who has said he hopes to retire a Knick.
In his Knicks audition, PG Emmanuel Mudiay hasn't had the best of starts. But that doesn't mean that head coach Jeff Hornacek has given up on the 21-year-old.
Mudiay has earned five starts in the eight games he has played since being traded, and his struggles to get the offense going have been noticeable. His own offense has failed to make an impact as well.
After a 20-point night against the Warriors where he shot 8-for-15, including 3-of-5 from three, Mudiay has shot 2-for-16 in the last two games. The Knicks' latest matchup against the Kings on Sunday saw him miss all six shot attempts, and force Hornacek to bench him for the final 20 minutes of the game.
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Despite an offensive slump, head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to stick with Michael Beasley in the starting lineup because of his defense.
Beasley had just six points in a 3-for-9 shooting night, but Hornacek didn't lose hope on the veteran forward. After taking him out in the third quarter with 5:19 left, he put him back in during the Knicks' fourth-quarter run that saw them tie the game up.
"If you worry about scoring, you try to get it going defensively," Hornacek told The Post's Marc Berman. "I thought in the fourth quarter he was helping out. They had him for one block but he altered shots from behind. That's the kind of effort and it will translate to the offensive end."
The Knicks latest loss looked familiar. It was another come-from-behind effort that ended in the opponent taking the win, and for Jeff Hornacek, it's getting old.
New York put together an admirable 24-5 fourth-quarter run that saw them tie the game up with seconds left on the clock. But Skal Labissiere killed any hope the Knicks had with a dagger three in the corner to take a 102-99 lead with 2.6 seconds left.
"That's how you're supposed to play all the time," Hornacek told The Post's Marc Berman. "It's disappointing where they [think] they're at the point they can just show up and play the game."
The Knicks made a furious comeback, but it was all for naught on Sunday night.
Kings forward Skal Labissiere drained a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in Sacramento to hand the Knicks their fourth straight defeat, 102-99. The team has now lost 12 of its last 13 games.
As expected, the losing has come in waves for the Sacramento Kings all season. For the New York Knicks, the unending L's have come only more recently, accentuated by the loss of their best player.
So neither will be in the cheeriest of moods when they get together Sunday night at the Golden 1 Center and play another in the end-of-season string contests.
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One day after the Knicks' 128-105 loss to the Clippers, coach Jeff Hornacek stepped back and had his players discuss the film themselves.
Doc Rivers knows firsthand how devastating a torn ACL can be for a player, which is why he sympathizes with Kristaps Porzingis as he starts the long road back to the Madison Square Garden court.
Rivers was playing with the Knicks when he tore his ACL in 1993-94. It was a different time, and differing circumstances as Rivers was already the wrong side of 30, but he'd play just two more seasons after the injury. Those two years saw Rivers play far fewer minutes per game than any other year of his career..
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Lou Williams scored 21 points off the bench and DeAndre Jordan had a 19-point, 20-rebound double-double as the Clippers blew out the Knicks at Staples Center on Friday night.
The Knicks led by three at halftime after outscoring Los Angeles by 10 points in the second quarter. However, they were blitzed in the third quarter en route to a 35-18 score which put the Clippers up by double digits the rest of the way.
Knicks C Kyle O'Quinn is having a career year in his third year in New York. Too bad he may be playing his way out.
O'Quinn's four-year, $16 million contract still has one season left on it before free agency. However, he has the choice to opt-out at the end of the season, and based on his numbers, he may have suitors this offseason. His production was the reason the Knicks shipped Willy Hernangomez to the Hornets, and it was his hard work and dedication that began last offseason that O'Quinn believes made this year so far.
"Fans play a big part -- their opinion matter," O'Quinn told The Post's Marc Berman. "At the end of the day, coach's decision trumps everybody. He decides who is going to play. I trusted what I did over the summer. I'm trying not to say anything too good about myself, but I earned my spot. I realldy don't care what anybody else says."
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LOS ANGELES -- As the New York Knicks take their struggles to Hollywood on Friday night, the Los Angeles Clippers are only happy to play host. >> Read more
Just like Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter before him, Knicks center Kyle O'Quinn told reporters he wants to remain in New York for the rest of his career.
"I would love to be here for the rest of my career if I can," the 27-year-old O'Quinn said, according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.
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With the playoff-eligible waiver deadline on Thursday, the Knicks need to decide what to do with Joakim Noah and Jarrett Jack fast.
Noah's situation hasn't changed a bit. The veteran center has been away from the Knicks ever since his altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek, and after not being able to make a trade before the trade deadline, the team has been figuring out how to part ways with him.
For Jack, his situation has come recently after the trade for Emmanuel Mudiay added yet another young point guard to the Knicks' roster. With Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke in the mix as well, Jack has been the odd man out, having not seen the court in the last three games...