Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points, Enes Kanter had a double-double and the Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-85 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Porzingis led a Knicks charge midway through the second quarter and into the third, scoring 14 points during a 32-15 run that turned a 34-32 deficit into a 66-49 lead early in the second half.
Kanter had 12 points and 16 rebounds, Doug McDermott added 16 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. recorded 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for New York, which had lost three of its previous five games.
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Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 21 points, while DeAndre Jordan totaled 10 points and nine rebounds.
New York outrebounded Los Angeles 51-36 and outshot the Clippers 43.2 percent to 37.5 percent.
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After an ugly first quarter, the Knicks dominated. The Clippers once again played awful and have looked lethargic on offense during their nine-game losing streak. They just cannot score at times, and the Knicks capitalized, going on 8-0 and 10-0 runs in the first half to earn some separation.
This was a total team effort from the Knicks. Everyone contributed from top to bottom -- even Ramon Sessions and Damyean Dotson saw playing time in the fourth quarter. All five of the Knicks starters, as well as McDermott, finished in double figures. It's nice to see this team dominate a game without Porzingis having to put up 30-plus points. The Knicks dominated the glass and didn't need to do too much on offense. Meanwhile, the Clippers looked horrific and couldn't get anything to go in.
The Knicks pulled a complete 180 on how bad they looked against the Raptors. They got to carry this momentum into Wednesday to get revenge against them. If they keep moving the ball, forcing turnovers and playing lockdown defense, they look like they can win enough games to be a playoff team, if healthy.
The Knicks face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.