If there is one thing to take away from the Knicks' 108-103 win over the Magic on Tuesday, it is this:
Don't mess with Mitchell Robinson.
The rookie center scored a career-high 17 points and recorded 14 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in the victory.
"I'm a threat to the people [on defense]," he told MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow after the game. "Now I can make people change up their plays, have a different look to the game."
The 20-year-old is the seventh rookie in the last 30 years to record a double-double and five-plus blocks in back-to-back games.
The other six?
David Robinson, Dikembe Mutombo, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming.
Not bad company.
"Kid is making history right now," head coach David Fizdale said after the game. "He's doing stuff, putting himself in groups with names -- historic names -- every single day he continues to grow and get better. He really applies what you teach him ... his impact on the game on the defensive end is special. The guy's blocking jumpers and guarding guards."
The Knicks have now won back-to-back games but still hold the second-worst record in the NBA, so their tanking hopes of landing Zion Williamson with the top pick in the draft are still in tact.
In the meantime, Robinson is providing a spark and some hope for the future.