The New York Knicks finally got the inside-outside game they were looking for.
One problem: The Denver Nuggets, the Knicks' opponent on Monday night at Madison Square Garden, may have just found a potent 1-2 punch themselves.
New York enters the matchup coming off its best performance of the year -- and arguably the biggest win in Jeff Hornacek's tenure -- a 114-95 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. The Knicks handed the Cavs their fourth loss in five games.
Taking down James and the reigning Eastern Conference champions required a Herculean effort, and the Knicks (2-3) got two on Sunday. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had 34 points, and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds.
With Jarrett Jack manning the point for the second consecutive game, New York's offense thrived and produced the Knicks' first two wins of the year.
"(Hardaway) didn't look like he was trying to force it," Hornacek said on Sunday, the same day he received a vote of confidence from team executive Steve Mills about his future in New York.
"He took the right shots. Him and KP (Porzingis) were both great." >> Read more
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