Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 122-96, Wednesday night in Boston.
- Joakim Noah had two points and seven rebounds in roughly 13 minutes played.
- Lance Thomas had seven points and four rebounds while Courtney Lee had 11 points and two rebounds.
- Sasha Vujacic added 12 points and four assists off the bench.
- Kyle O'Quinn had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench.
- The Knicks shot 48 perent from the field, including 24 percent from three-point range.
- In his first appearance as a sophomore NBA big man without Carmelo Anthony by his side, Kristaps Porzingis looked the part of a star. He was aggressive around the basket and ran the floor even better. Porzingis exhibited a great handle on the ball, posted up well, and really embraced the confidence necessary to keep the defense on its toes. Scoring an efficient 20 points in 23 minutes, his ability to attack led him to the charity stripe often. Playing good transition defense, he ended up with three blocks as well.
- It was another tough go of it shooting wise for Brandon Jennings (0 of 6), but his chemistry with Porzingis was on display in full force yet again. Much to the Knicks' delight, Jennings has been very unselfish. He's known for his scoring, so his shooting touch will return at some point. It's refreshing to see how he steadies this squad as a floor general.
- The Knicks were firing from all cylinders, pushing the tempo and getting one another involved. Six players scored in double-figures and six dished out three assists or more. With the preseason winding down, Jeff Hornacek clearly used this game to balance minutes and give every player a more thorough look. This was a valuable opportunity for all, and many capitalized.
- On a night where many reserves went on to shine, Maurice Ndour's vulnerabilities were instead easy to spot. The forward had a difficult time finishing around the rim and didn't take care of the ball (Three turnovers in 11 minutes). Competition for roster spots is steep and Ndour looks to be on the outside looking in. Given his guaranteed contract, it'd be nice to see him pocket that money and head to the D-League for more development, rather than flocking overseas so soon.
You have to love Porzingis stepping forward as the marquee guy with Melo sitting. He was active and the ball gravitated towards him. To me, the other players that stood out were the solid play of Courtney Lee and Lance Thomas. Both brought the glue that we haven't seen over the first four preseason games. To have an offensive explosion like that on the heels of a loss to Boston shows you the team can adjust and that should make fans hopeful that the coaching staff is able to communicate changes and the players can learn them and apply them accordingly.