In another comeback victory for the Knicks, it was star F Kristaps Porzingis who iced the team's third straight win on Tuesday night.
The Knicks capped off a 19-point comeback on Sunday night against the Pacers, and last night's contest against the Hornets was eerily similar. Down 15 at one point, they relied on Porzingis -- the recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week -- to bring them home.
The 21-year-old only had two points in the second half before a pair of free throw tied the ball game with 2:32 left on the clock. Then, Porzingis drained a three with less than a minute left to give the Knicks' a 114-111 lead. The Hornets would cut the lead to one, but Porzingis would drive to the hole and drop a finger roll in as the shot clock struck zero to get the three-point lead back with 11 seconds left.
It was that determination to get to the basket that had head coach Jeff Hornacek astonished by his young star.
"That shot there was -- gosh -- just another sign of the greatness that he's becoming," Hornacek told Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "He didn't get panicked. He knew exactly what was on the shot clock. That's that internal clock. He probably glanced up and saw four seconds and said, 'I know I can get there in four seconds.'"
It may have not been the 40-point night Porzinigis had against the Pacers, but his clutch shots at the end gave the Knicks yet another hard-fought victory. Center Kyle O'Quinn, who was pumped up on the bench after Porzingis made the late three, knew the comeback was coming all along saying, "here we go again," but in the right frame of mind.
"But in a positive way," he said explaining the team's mindset. "Like we've been here before. We can do it again. Indiana was a great win. A lot of us felt that was one of the best team wins we've ever been a part of. It was one of mine. We weren't fazed going into the fourth today."
Porzingis may have been the man the team looked for to ice the victory, but it was an all-around team effort to battle back once again. That is why the Unicorn isn't placing the victory solely on his late magic.
"It's us playing as a team and playing defense," Porzingis said. "I think we have hard-working guys that want to win. You can tell these last couple games. We're playing our hearts out."
Porzingis is also playing out of his mind as his 300 points in the first 10 games set a new Knicks record. He finished with 28 points, five rebounds, and three blocks on the night.