Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks played one of their most inspring games of the season, fighting back multiple times against the Bucks and triumphing in overtime.

With the Knicks leading 136-134 with just under two seconds left,  Brook Lopez drew a foul. He missed the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Giannis  Antetokounmpo got the rebound but couldn't score as time ran out. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday night's game

1.) A night after an article went to print where he was ripped by anonymous NBA scoutsKevin Knox scored a career-high 26 points in what was his best overall game as a pro. Knox, who nailed five three-pointers, was especially awesome in the second half, and mixed in four assists, four rebounds, one block, and one steal to help New York make their furious fourth quarter comeback. 

2.) After Trey Burke was injured in the first quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game, the Knicks curiously didn't turn to Frank Ntilikina -- who sat the entire game despite not dealing with any kind of injury. 

3.) Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson both had big games. Mudiay had 27 points, including a three-pointer that tied the game late in the fourth quarter to set up overtime. Dotson had 18 points and five rebounds. 

4.) Mario Hezonja stepped over the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo after dunking on him in the first quarter, setting the tone for a night that was filled with passion and energy. 

5.) Antetokounmpo was his usual ridiculous self, with 33 points, 19 rebounds, and seven assists. 

6.) Courtney Lee didn't play in what was the first game of the season where he was active. 

Highlights

What's next:

The Knicks host the Wizards on Monday at 7:30 p.m.


December 17, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the basketball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple (17) and forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) during the first half at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 17, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the basketball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple (17) and forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) during the first half at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NBA season isn't even halfway done, but speculation about the impending 2019 free agent class is already buzzing, especially around Warriors F Kevin Durant.

Durant is expected to be one of many free agents on the Knicks' radar next summer, but they won't be alone. In the end, though, former Knicks head coach Derek Fisher told Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe on FS1's UNDISPUTED that he believes Durant will ultimately choose The Garden. 

"I would say New York," Fisher said. 

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Nov 27, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 27, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

Sometimes being Zion Williamson can be a real headache. 

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Duke freshman put together yet another solid outing Tuesday, recording 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 101-50 win over Princeton, but it was a defensive play that had fans buzzing. 

Early in the second half, Williamson showed off his vertical once again with a forceful block of a layup attempt off the backboard. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter battles for a rebound between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and guard Jamal Crawford during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter battles for a rebound between Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and guard Jamal Crawford during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Enes Kanter trolled Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns back in January by telling Booker to "Hold that 'L'" after a 107-85 win.

Booker and the Suns got revenge on Monday, on and off the court.

Booker scored a game-high 38 points in a 128-110 win over the Knicks, then trolled Kanter, notorious for his antics on Twitter.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Phoenix Suns
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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Kevin Knox was on pace for a memorable night Monday after a 13-point first quarter against the Suns at Madison Square Garden.

But the Knicks rookie, despite picking up his offense considerably over the last few games, fell apart as the game wore on, as the team lost 128-110.

Knox finished with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, besting his 2018 first-round counterpart Mikal Bridges, who scored seven points for Phoenix.

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Are the Knicks in tank mode after losing to a bad Suns team? Jon Hein and Sal Licata tear into Kevin Knox for his lackadaisical comments.

The Knicks fell apart in the third quarter and lost to the lowly Phoenix Suns 128-110 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Despite leading 66-59 at halftime, the Knicks made just two field goals during a 21-4 Phoenix run that turned a 79-79 game into a 100-83 deficit. The Knicks were outscored 41-27 in the third quarter.

2. Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists while Courtney Lee, starting in place of the injured Tim Hardaway Jr., scored 12 points. Kevin Knox scored 13 points in the first quarter but just four points the rest of the way.

Tags: Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Phoenix Suns, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks will be without Tim Hardaway Jr. on Monday vs. the Suns, the team announced. 

The shooting guard is dealing with a sore right heel, with his next chance to return being Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Hardaway's absence is just his second of the season. 

In place of the injured Hardaway, Courtney Lee will slide into the starting lineup for the first time this season.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives past Charlotte Hornets guard forward Jeremy Lamb during the first half at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox drives past Charlotte Hornets guard forward Jeremy Lamb during the first half at the Spectrum Center. (Sam Sharpe/USA TODAY Sports)

At some point, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers will join the Phoenix Suns after being acquired from the Washington Wizards for Trevor Ariza in what originally was a three-team deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies.

As of Sunday, the trade had not been announced but if it gets completed by Monday night, Oubre and Rivers can pull off the feat of playing games in New York for two visiting teams.

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Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks executive chairman James Dolan watches during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks owner James Dolan gave a rare peek behind the curtain in an interview with ESPN's Ian O'Connor on Monday. 

In the story, Dolan addresses a number of wide-ranging topics from the Anucha Browne Sanders case to Phil Jackson's triangle. 

Here are some of the key takeaways from the interview: 

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Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While he isn't actively looking to sell the team, Knicks owner James Dolan said in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN that he has a responsibility to his shareholders to be open to it.

"You have a responsibility as the guy who runs the place to deliver on that for them, that's being open and transparent," Dolan told ESPN's Ian O'Connor. "And so in that position, I could never say that I wouldn't consider selling the Knicks. Now, my family is not in that position, and they are the majority shareholders. They hold the majority of the vote. ... As a majority owner, I don't want to sell, either. As the head of the public company, you can't say you can't sell, because then you're telling your shareholders that your own personal feelings about your assets are more important than their money. And they won't invest with you if you do that."

Dolan announced in June that he was planning on branching off the Knicks and Rangers from the entertainment side of the company. fueling speculation at the time that he was getting prepared to sell...

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers 110-99 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. While four of five Knicks starters finished in double figures, they couldn't find a way to stop Indiana's Victor Oladipo, who scored a game-high 26 points. 

2. Enes Kanter recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 and Emmanuel Mudiay 18 for New York, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young pinpoints the most impressive factor in the team's six-game winning streak is resiliency.

"We continue to fight through adversity even when we feel like some calls are not going our way, we just continue to fight," Young said. "Continue to be there for one another. I think the unity in this locker room is like no other. We all feel like we're brothers and we're family. We all want to cover for each other and make sure we're there for our brothers."

The Pacers (19-10) will face the New York Knicks (9-21) on Sunday.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will be without Mitchell Robinson on Sunday vs. the Pacers. 

The rookie center was ruled out for the game on Saturday, per Steve Popper of Newsday, as he recovers from a left ankle sprain he sustained in Friday's 126-124 overtime win over the Hornets. 

Frank Ntilikina also sustained an ankle sprain on Friday, but he is expected to play as is Trey Burke, who has been out with a sprained knee since Dec. 1.  

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Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

Down as much as 21 points, the Knicks battled back to defeat the Hornets in a thrilling overtime bout, 126-124, in Charlotte. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Emmanuel Mudiay tallied a career high in points with 34 on the night, and he came up big for the Knicks down the stretch. He almost ended the game in regulation with a three-ball that just rimmed out. But in overtime, he had key buckets to keep the Knicks' lead as they held off a late Hornets comeback. He collected eight assists and three rebounds as well.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore in the first half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard E'Twaun Moore in the first half at Smoothie King Center. (Stephen Lew/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks rookie C Mitchell Robinson won't return to Friday's contest against the Hornets after suffering a sprained left ankle in the second quarter, MSG Network announced. 

After climbing the ladder for a rebound, Robinson appeared to step on the foot of Frank Kaminsky on his way down that forced the ankle roll. X-Rays did come back negative, but Robinson was in clear pain as he needed help off the floor.

The 2018 second-rounder is averaging 4.8 points, four rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game this season. He had to miss three games with a bruised left heel earlier this season, and hopefully this injury won't force him to miss time. 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is guarded by Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk in the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina is guarded by Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk in the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

CHARLOTTE -- All eyes will be on the Charlotte bench on Friday night when the streaking Hornets host the tail-spinning New York Knicks.

Hornets reserve Malik Monk earned the national spotlight Wednesday night when he twice got bopped on the back of the head by team owner Michael Jordan for prematurely celebrating what turned out to be a 108-107 home win over Detroit.

Monk and fellow reserve Bismack Biyombo ran onto the court after teammate Jeremy Lamb had hit what appeared in their minds to be a game-winning jumper, only to be informed that there were still three-tenths of a second remaining.

The Charlotte bench was assessed a technical foul, which the Pistons converted to get within one point, before failing on a desperation attempt at the buzzer.

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (6) as he drives to the basket in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Ron Baker is Ron Burgundy? 

The former Knicks guard was recently cut by the team in order to add Allonzo Trier on an NBA contract, but the 25-year-old seems to be taking it all in stride. 

On Friday, Baker showed his class by channelling his inner Ron Burgundy -- which is what former teammate Carmelo Anthony used to call him -- by posting a meme of his head photoshopped on the Will Ferrell character's body. 

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New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie Allonzo Trier has been a bright spot for the Knicks this season but his biggest impact may come in the offseason. 

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Trier and pending free agent Kevin Durant have a "close" relationship that stems back to when the 22-year-old guard was playing high school ball in Oklahoma City. 

Durant, then with the Thunder, served as a mentor to Trier and attended several of his high school games. 

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(Justin Ford)

Nothing went well for Joakim Noah with the Knicks, and on Thursday he finally revealed why.

"I'm too lit to play in New York City," Noah said on The Ringer's "The Chris Vernon Show," referring to his penchant for partying. "I was too lit. Memphis is perfect for me. Chicago was lit, too, but I was younger. You can recover faster."

Well, that settles it then.

Tags: Joakim Noah, Memphis Grizzlies
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The Knicks officially announced the signing of Ron Baker on Monday. (Seth Wenig)
The Knicks officially announced the signing of Ron Baker on Monday. (Seth Wenig)

A coaching job may not be what a 25-year-old like Ron Baker is looking for after being cut by the Knicks Thursday, but David Fizdale says the guard has the right qualities to helm an NBA team.

"I'm telling you, his understanding of the game, work ethic, communicator, leader -- he's got all those intangibles," the Knicks coach said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. "I think when it's finally said and done for him, I think he has a career in this league if he wants to [as a coach]."

The Knicks released the gritty Baker to clear a roster spot after signing Allonzo Trier to a two-year deal. Fizdale said the move wasn't an easy one to make.

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Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Knicks guard Ron Baker (31) against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Ron Baker era is over for the Knicks, and the love is now pouring in for the fan favorite.

The Knicks cut the 25-year-old Baker on Thursday to clear a roster spot after signing Allonzo Trier to a two-year deal.

Though Baker never lit up the scoreboard in his two-plus seasons off the New York bench, he won the favor of fans and coaches with his constant hustle and grit.

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New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier takes a shot while being defended by Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will sign undrafted guard Allonzo Trier to a two-year deal after his impressive start to his rookie season, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The 22-year-old Trier has averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season, scoring a career-high 25 points in a 114-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 23.

Trier's contract contains a team option for the second year, according to ESPN's Ian Begley, and he will receive $7 million in total if it's exercised. 

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Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Knicks battled back from a 22-point deficit, but they ultimately fell short to Cavaliers, 113-106, on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks made a big comeback in the second half, with rookie Kevin Knox putting them up by one with a thunderous transition dunk. But the Cavs got the lead back from a Rodney Hood floater, and would further it after the Knicks were forced to foul following a miss. The critical play of the game, though, came on an inbound following a timeout where Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find a teammate to get the ball to in a three-point game. It ended the Knicks' chance at a comeback.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks are among the NBA's worst teams and are engaged in rebuilding projects due to varying circumstances.

The Cavaliers are rebuilding after losing LeBron James in free agency for the second time, while the Knicks are rebuilding yet again with an eye toward next summer's free agent class.

A pair of intriguing rookies will be on display when Kevin Knox's Knicks visit Collin Sexton's Cavaliers on Wednesday.

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Milwaukee Bucks during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lakers F LeBron James may have made some Knicks fans cry when he told his long-time friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, "It was either here or The Garden" after their final meeting on Monday night

Well, Knicks head coach David Fizdale is hoping not to make his fans cry any longer over players the team could land in New York.

James is a prime example of NBA players that love playing at Madison Square Garden, but didn't see it as a fit at the time of his free agency. But, with such a loaded class in 2019 -- Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard to just name a few -- Fizdale wants to change that trend. 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Scott Thompson
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Dec 10, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) exchange jerseys after the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Dec 10, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) exchange jerseys after the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

LeBron James is just teasing Knicks fans now.

The Lakers star seemed to indicate he could have signed with the Knicks during his conversation with Dwyane Wade after Monday night's game against the Heat.

L.A.'s 108-105 victory at Staples Center will likely be the last time the two friends play each other in an NBA game. Wade, who is planning to retire this summer after winning two titles with James in Miami, certainly treated it as such. 

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New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier controls the ball against Chicago Bulls small forward Justin Holiday during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier controls the ball against Chicago Bulls small forward Justin Holiday during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The emergence of undrafted Knicks rookie Allonzo Trier hit a speed bump this week when he strained his left hamstring.

On Tuesday, the team announced that the shooting guard has begun rehab and will continue rehabbing with the Knicks on their three-game roadtrip before being evaluated next week.

The 22-year-old Trier, who missed his first game of the season in Sunday's home loss to the Hornets, signed a two-way deal with the Knicks this past summer.

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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks could pursue Kemba Walker when he becomes a free agent, but for now the 28-year-old guard is focused on winning with the Charlotte Hornets.

Walker told reporters he was focused on this season and not free agency after he scored 25 points to lead Charlotte past New York 119-107 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't have any interest in coming back home -- right now," Walker, a Bronx native, said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Only two teenagers have recorded a 25-point, 15-rebound double-double.

The first was LeBron James. The second is Knicks rookie Kevin Knox.

The 19-year-old Knox scored 26 points and brought down 15 boards, both career highs, in Sunday's 119-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game with a 119-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Rookie Kevin Knox recorded a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Frank Ntilikina came off the bench and scored all of his career-high 18 points in the second half.

2. The Knicks have lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. Each time, they have allowed at least 110 points.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Frank Ntilikina
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Mar 26, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 26, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) in the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

After dropping a 112-104 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks welcome the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at MSG for the first of two matchups with the Hornets in three games.

This time around, the Knicks find the Hornets coming off perhaps their best win of the season, a 113-107 victory over the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets. The win, which included a dominant 40-28 second quarter, snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets.

Charlotte managed the win despite shooting 38.4 percent from the floor making the most of transition, as the Hornets had 20 assists in the win, with Kemba Walker leading the way with eight to go along with his 21 points...

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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks tried mounting a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Nets handed them their third straight loss in a 112-104 bout at The Garden.>> Box score

Things to know about Saturday night's game

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Dec 5, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts during the second half against the Hartford Hawks at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Dec 5, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts during the second half against the Hartford Hawks at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

In what was another Duke Blue Devils blowout, F Zion Williamson had a very efficient game. 

The Knicks potential draft target shot 7-for-11 form the field and 6-of-10 from the charity stripe to collect 20 points. He also had eight rebounds, four assists, one block, and two steals in the 91-58 win over Yale as well.

R.J. Barrett, another draft target for New York, dropped a game-high 30 points to go along with seven boards and another game-high six assists. Cam Reddish, despite a tough day shooting, had 10 points as well...

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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After splitting two matchups in late-October, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets meet on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden coming off vastly different results against two of the Eastern Conference's best teams.

The Nets pulled out a 106-105 overtime win over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak, a day after the Knicks dropped a 128-100 decision at Boston.

New York managed just 39.6 percent shooting from the field in the loss as the bench went cold, connecting on just 12 of 36 attempts. Worse, the Knicks' defense was puzzled by the Celtics, who shot better than 53.3 percent from the field and finished with 32 assists.

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The New York Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina has been a hot topic in trade rumors this season, with his poor shooting from the floor and recent string of DNP-CD's only intensifying the murmurs. Ntilikina is still just 20 years old and a fantastic defender for his age, leaving many fans optimistic he can turn this season around and continue to improve into a solid NBA player. However, if the front office deems him too much of a project, they could entertain some offers. Here are five potential trades with the five rumored teams interested in Ntilikina.

Frank Ntilikina for Jonathan Isaac

The Orlando Magic have a serious hole at point guard, with DJ Augustin manning the starting unit and the struggling Jerian Grant as backup. They've long searched for a young franchise piece at the one, with Elfrid Payton once being the guy before dealing him to the Phoenix Suns. If they believe Ntilikina can step into that role, they could look to move Jonathan Isaac, a fellow second-year player and New York native. He'd make for an interesting pairing with Kristaps Porzingis as someone who could potentially switch and defend multiple positions while playing either forward spot. Orlando has a few too many frontcourt prospects, so balancing out its core a bit could be intriguing. An alternative is dealing Grant and a first-round pick, perhaps with some protections, for Ntilikina.

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Derek Fisher was not going to make the same mistake twice. 

The new head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks was GM Penny Toler's first and only choice, but before Fisher could accept the position, he had "about 2,000 questions" for her, Toler said at Fisher's press conference on Friday. 

And for good reason: The 44-year-old did not want to put himself in the same position as he did with the Knicks in 2014. 

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`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks failed to repeat their victory against the Celtics two weeks ago as they got blown out Thursday night in Boston, 128-100. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday night's game

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after a play during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

LeBron James wants Carmelo Anthony to join him in Hollywood, according to a report.

A source told The Athletic's Joe Vardon that James is seeking the former Knicks star's services with the Lakers, though James has yet to put in a request to Los Angeles president Magic Johnson or GM Rob Pelinka.

The 34-year-old Anthony remains on the Rockets' payroll on a league-minimum $2.4 million, but he and Houston parted ways last month after just 10 games this season. Anthony can't be traded until at least Dec. 15.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)
New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

When David Fizdale was hired by Scott Perry to be the franchise's 29th head coach (and fourth in the last five years), it was clear the road ahead to success for the third-year coach was full of potholes, hairpin turns, and would occasionally be washed out completely by flash floods of inexperience and a general lack of talent.

As has often been the case in the last decade-plus, success would, in many ways, require a redefinition of the word entirely.

As his introductory press-circuit got under full swing, Fizdale's vision for the team began to emerge. He spoke of the team's athleticism and versatility, his philosophy on position-less guards, and took ownership for the messy ending to his time in Memphis. In a refreshing departure from the ghosts of Knicks' coaches past, he seemed realistic, not promising the playoffs, but instead laying out concrete expectations for the team...

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Knicks NBA Draft Watch 00:02:09
The New York Knicks are rebuilding and will need help via a lottery draft pick. Here are the top college players the Knicks should target.

The Knicks are 25 games into the 2018-19 season, but most fans are excited to see what they do in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

This year's draft class will offer some tantalizing prospects that the Knicks -- if everything goes to plan -- could take with a high draft pick. 

SNY's Chris Williamson breaks down who the Knicks have on their radar in college basketball this season, and how they rank against each other in the first edition of Knicks Draft Watch...

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Dec 3, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier (14) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard Allonzo Trier (14) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

BOSTON -- It was just two weeks ago that the Boston Celtics staged a frantic comeback but came up just short and lost to the New York Knicks, who were 4-16 at the time.

The Celtics, off to a surprisingly mediocre start as the Eastern Conference favorites, have won four of the five games since, including the last three -- and may have also gotten the real Gordon Hayward back as they head into Thursday night's rematch with the Knicks at TD Garden.

Hayward, lost to the Celtics with a horrible leg injury in the first quarter of his first game with his new team last season, has been coming along slowly in his return. He broke out in a major step forward last Saturday night in Minneapolis.

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New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas shoots over Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green during the first half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Lance Thomas took part in Thursday morning's shootaround as he nears his return from knee surgery, head coach David Fizdale told reporters Thursday morning.

"He's getting back," Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman. "He's getting close. Every day he's moving a little bit better. He's going after it. He's going to come back sooner than later for sure."

Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 8 to remove loose bodies in his left knee.

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Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Frank Ntilikina is frustrated about being asked if he's frustrated.

The Knicks guard snapped at a reporter following practice on Wednesday, responding to another question about his mindset riding the bench over the last two games.

"You see now," he said, per the New York Post. "How do I look?"

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to his team from the sidelines during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Derek Fisher is going back to Los Angeles -- and he finally won't have any triangles to worry about on the sideline.

The former Knicks player and coach was named head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks on Wednesday.

"Derek is a champion and proven leader on and off the court," Penny Toler, the team's executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "With his wealth of experience as a former player and head coach, I can't think of a better steward for our basketball team moving forward."

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Nov 6, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) playing against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half during the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Nov 6, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) playing against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half during the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The monster dunks, ferocious blocks and flawless assists were all there for Duke F Zion Williamson in Wednesday night's 84-54 win over Hartford.

The potential Knicks draft pick had another highlight-heavy performance, giving the home crowd what they wanted with 18 points, 12 boards, three steals and a vicious spike off the backboard.

RJ Barrett joined Williamson in double-double territory, adding a team-high 27 points with 15 rebounds.

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Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jan 16, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) reacts after the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks won 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks castaway C Joakim Noah finally found a new home in the NBA, and he has a Madison Square Garden reunion on the calendar in the future.

Noah and the Grizzlies agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum $1.7 million deal on Tuesday, and the Knicks are on the schedule on Feb. 3. New York decided to waive Noah on Oct. 13 after failing to find a suitor via trade. Instead, they will use a stretch provision on the remainder of his four-year, $72 million deal. 

The marriage between these two sides never worked out, and Noah recognized it when he met with the Memphis media following his official signing.

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Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Nov 2, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Damyean Dotson (21) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Damyean Dotson's trade value appears to be on the rise. 

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Pistons and Nets have shown the most interest in acquiring the 24-year-old swingman from the Knicks. 

Dotson has flashed his potential of late, averaging a team-high 18 points and shooting 71.4 percent from 3-point range over the Knicks' last three games. 

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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Trey Burke is anticipating a busy summer with unrestricted free agency looming in 2019. 

But the point guard already has made his priority clear: re-signing with the Knicks.

"I know how the business goes and if that is not an option, you're always auditioning for other teams. But personally, on record, I want to be here in New York City," Burke told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News on Monday. "You just never know, man. You never know in this league. Try not to put all your eggs in one basket because it is a business at the end of the day."

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Knicks fall against Wizards 00:00:42
The Knicks fell short against the Wizards, losing 110-107. There were some good moments in the 1st half, but not so great in the 2nd.

The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game. 

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Washington Wizards
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

For a team that hasn't looked all that tough this season, the New York Knicks could present a much stiffer chin when the Washington Wizards come to town on Monday night than they did before Saturday's overtime thriller over Eastern Conference heavyweight Milwaukee.

But there they were against the Bucks, finally flexing for perhaps the first time this season.

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