On Wednesday night at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, the Knicks (21-8) defeated the Phoenix Suns (11-18) by the score of 99-97. Box Score

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J.R. Smith led the Knicks in scoring with 27 points, shooting 11-27 from the field, with five steals, five assists and six rebounds. He hit the game tying shot with 10 seconds left and a buzzer beater for the win.

Jason Kidd had a season high 23 points as the starting point guard with eight assists and six rebounds. The Knicks were +13 when he was on the floor.

Jared Dudley scored a career high 36 points with five rebounds, three assists and five, three pointers. Marcin Gortat was the second leading scorer with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Chris Copeland scored 14 points on 6-12 shooting off the bench with two rebounds and two blocks. Tyson Chandler scored 14 points and had a team high 12 rebounds.

Every player that set foot on the court for the Knicks scored at least two points.

Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton both missed the game after sustaining injuries in the previous game against the Lakers

The Knicks out rebounded the Suns 41-38

The Knicks bench out scored the Suns bench 53-27.

This is the first time since the 2002-2003 season that the Knicks have swept the season series from the Suns.

The Knicks, under Mike Woodson, have only lost two games in a row once.

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Earl...Joseph...Smith, The Third. You have proven tonight that no shot you take, is too insane, silly, ridiculous or as I put it yesterday, horrific. Some of you in the comments in yesterday's post game took me to task for getting on Smith's shot at the end of the Lakers game. Now, I stand by that statement in the context of that one game and moment in that game. But, tonight, on back to back possessions, we saw the opposite end of the spectrum when he takes tough shots that look "horrific". When the ball goes in, that's all that counts, and where it didn't fall yesterday, it sure went in tonight.

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Tyson Chandler after the game to reporters about J.R. Smith: "Knowing JR, it's almost better for him to take a tougher shot. It seems like he makes the tougher shots."

J.R. Smith not only had the game winner, but his effort and energy throughout the game was very impressive. Sure it took him 27 shots to get 27 points, but the rest of his line is pretty rare to see. To add six rebounds, five assists and five steals, with his scoring shows that he can do so much more than just score. You take the good with the bad when it comes to J.R. and tonight there was a lot more good than bad.

Of course, that flagrant foul on Goran Dragic was very dangerous and I would not be surprised if he didn't get some kind of fine for it. It seems like the opinion on it varies from person to person on the issue. At first, I didn't think that it was a flagrant, but after watching the replay, I can understand the call. But, I can also see where others didn't think it was a flagrant.

Jason Kidd has been so good that I think we should all find a way to build a fountain of youth and make him younger so he can play with the Knicks forever. He was absolutely fantastic running the offense and, setting up every Knicks player on the court with him, for success. The fact that the drop off tonight from Kidd to Prigioni was so steep is a testament to just how good Kidd is and was tonight. 23 points, six rebounds and eight assistsĀ  from a 39 year old point guard is something you just never see in an NBA that is dominated by younger, quicker guards. Also, lets not forget the great defensive play he made before the Smith buzzer beater to give the Knicks a chance to win it. Jason Kidd, ladies and gentlemen, can truly do it all.

Glen Grunwald, who took some heat for signing Kidd, has got to be right behind Jerry Reese of the Giants as the best executive in New York sports right now. Kidd, Copeland, J.R. Smith and, Tyson Chandler, all are guys that were brought in by Grunwald.

I had an opportunity to go to Knicks practice this past Saturday and one of the things that stood out was the shooting of Chris Copeland. This guy, who was battling for the 15th spot on the roster (aka the Herb Williams end of the bench spot), has been such a great story for the Knicks this year. He was very solid in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his 14 points, and hit a big shot late in the fourth to give the Knicks at the time a 95-90 lead. He needs to play more, plain and simple.

The Phoenix Suns have a team that reminds me a little of the first Knicks team under D'Antoni, after the Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford trades. They have talent and can certainly be tough at home, but crushing losses seem to be the norm with them. They are obviously in a re-building mode, and need to make good decisions along the way to return to the glory years they had in the Mid-2000's. It will be interesting to see if they will be patient or maybe try to rebuild on the fly and not wait. Based on what I saw, waiting it out and being smart and calculating with this rebuild has to be the way to go.

With Carmelo and Felton out with injuries and playing the second game of a back to back on the road, the Knicks had plenty of excuses to lose this game. They did not. They played well for a stretch, withstood a sustained run from the Suns, as they came back from down 14, and pulled out an exciting win. The Knicks seem to have a new injury every week and every time they find a way to work past it and be successful. This has been a fun season and no matter what, they battle, and that is truly the Knicks best quality.

Coming up next, the Knicks wrap up this three game west coast trip as they head to the capital of California, Sacramento, to go up against, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins(?) and the Sacramento Kings. The game will begin at 10:00 pm on Friday and will be shown on MSG.

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Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends against New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Thunder with a knee injury, according to the team.

Michael Beasley will start in place of Porzingis and Joakim Noah will be active.

Porzingis was testing his knee and talking to doctors during warmups, according to the Knicks, but is unable to return to the lineup.

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

NEW YORK -- Coming off arguably his team's most important win of the season, Carmelo Anthony makes his return to Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On Friday, the Thunder edged Philadelphia in a triple-overtime thriller, with Anthony scoring 24 points -- his highest-scoring output in more than a month -- in a 119-117 win. The victory sets up a crucial battle between two hot teams, as Oklahoma City has won three of four and six of its last eight games, while New York has won three straight and four of five.

One prominent Knick might not be part of Anthony's welcoming party: leading scorer Kristaps Porzingis exited the team's 111-104 win at Brooklyn on Thursday night with a knee injury. He is listed as day-to-day with knee soreness and is questionable for the matchup.

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (Brad Penner)

It didn't take Enes Kanter long to endear himself to his new locker room and new fans after being traded to the Knicks prior to the season. One person who's not surprised is Kanter's former coach, Billy Donovan.

Donovan was asked about his former backup center and was quick to speak effusively of Kanter.

"He made a huge impact for us, too,'' Donovan told Marc Berman of NY Post. "He's a great teammate and competitive guy. He really buys into his teammates. I'm not surprised by it at all. I don't know if Kanter was in a leadership role for us at that time, but he was a great connector. A great relationship with guys on the team. Great relationship with Steve Adams."

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Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after receiving a technical foul in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jake Brown | Twitter | With Carmelo Anthony making his return to Madison Square Garden tonight when his Thunder take on the Knicks, it makes you think...what would the 15-13 Knicks look like right now if they kept Melo?

The Knicks were 31-51 last season. After 28 games last season, they had the same 15-13 record they have this year. They won their next game to go 16-13, and then the season took a turn for the worse. They fell below .500, had no winning streaks, and continued downard for the rest of the season.

The Knicks have already had three three-game winning streaks this season. Last year's team only had two three-game winning streaks all season. So essentially, after Saturday's game (the 29th of the season) was when the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks begun their tailspin in 2016-17. I wouldn't expect any downfall that drastic by this Knicks team. The records right now are similar. The teams? Not at all...

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Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day.  (AP)
Carmelo Anthony during Thunder media day. (AP)

After waiving his no-trade-clause and accepting a deal that sent him to Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony is preparing to return to Madison Square Garden as a visiting player once again. 

Anthony spoke at length to Royce Young of ESPN about New York, the Knicks and his impending visit to the Garden. 

"How could I not miss New York?" Anthony said...

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Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)
Oct 19, 2017; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports (Mark D. Smith)

In wake of Carmelo Anthony's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time, Kristaps Porzingis thinks the fans need to show him the respect and "love" he deserves. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to MSG on Saturday night, and the biggest storyline will be the former Knick in Anthony returning for the first time since he was traded this offseason. The Knicks are planning to a tribute for Anthony, who spent the past seven seasons in New York. 

Porzingis, who is questionable with a sore knee for the game, can't see any fans booing his former teammate...

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DNL: Porzingis injured again 00:02:30
The Daily News Live crew debates if the Knicks should rest Kristaps Porzingis more after he injured his knee in the Knicks' win on Thursday.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony against the New Orleans Pelicans before tip off of a game at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he is excited to return to Madison Square Garden for Saturday's game between the Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder, but added he is taking a "business" approach to it.

"At the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there," Anthony said, according to Yahoo! Sports' Michael Lee. "Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It's a little bit special for me."

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

The Knicks did something in Brooklyn that they've done just once before this season: win a game on the road.

But much of the feel-good that should have come from a 111-104 victory against the Nets evaporated when Kristaps Porzingis left the game in the third quarter with a non-contact left knee injury. Before exiting, Porzingis had 13 points and 4 assists in 18 minutes. 

Courtney Lee rose to the occasion with a team-high 27 points, while Michael Beasley added 15 points off the bench. Frank Ntilikina played 27 minutes, including the entire fourth quarter, and was a team-high plus-14.

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New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. drives to the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Hardaway Jr. has been out for just under two weeks with a "stress injury" in his leg with little more information than that. On Thursday, he spoke publically about the injury for the first time, saying that he has no timetable to return. 

"This is serious," Hardaway Jr. said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. "The goal is just to get better first. That's the goal. I'm not giving myself no deadline. I don't want to get to that point and be upset and down on myself. I don't want to give myself a set date on when I should return. I'll do what I can to get this right. When I'm confident and ready to go, then we'll see.''

The 25-year-old says he'll wait until he's 100 percent before returning, but if this was the post-season, he'd roll the dice. 

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Knicks moving in right direction 00:06:01
The DNL panel discusses the success of the Knicks this season along with Frank Ntilikina and Michael Beasley's production.

The DNL panel discusses the success of the Knicks this season along with Frank Ntilikina and Michael Beasley's production.


Knicks moving in right direction 00:06:01
The DNL panel discusses the success of the Knicks this season along with Frank Ntilikina and Michael Beasley's production.

NEW YORK -- The overall picture shows some porous defensive numbers for the Brooklyn Nets. A closer look at recent results demonstrates some improvements, though.

Brooklyn's defense will face a stiff challenge trying to contain Kristaps Porzingis Thursday night when it hosts the New York Knicks.

Brooklyn is allowing 110.6 points per game, which ranks as among the worst in the league. The Nets are a middle of the pack team in opponent's field goal percentage at 45.3 percent and are above average at defending the 3-pointer at 35.6 percent.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Knicks C Enes Kanter will continue to play through his injuries as the team has no plans to shut him down.

Kanter didn't play in the fourth quarter or overtime in Tuesday night's win against the Lakers due to back and hip issues. However, that won't stop him from playing against the Nets Thursday night in Brooklyn.

"Mentally I'm good, real good. We got a real good win yesterday, so have to keep playing like that. Physically, I'm getting there. I'm over 40-50 percent," Kanter told the NY Daily News' Peter Botte. "I remember the year I got traded to OKC, we lost the playoff spot by a half-game. So, I mean, every game, every possession counts. I'll get rest in the summertime."

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Is the Garden blooming again? 00:04:23
Michael Rapaport and Jon Hein discuss the atmosphere during the Knicks' overtime win over the Lakers at the Garden on Tuesday night.

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(Adam Hunger)

Kristaps Porzingis lived up to his "Unicorn" moniker as he did something in Tuesday night's overtime win over the Laker no NBA player has ever done.

Porzingis became the first NBA player to have at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and five 3-pointers made in a single game. And without that production, the Knicks may not have gotten past Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in a 113-109 thriller. It is performances like these that continue to thrill everyone watching the 22-year-old, including his head coach. 

"This is probably, hopefully the tip of the iceberg for him," head coach Jeff Hornacek told ESPN's Ian Begley. "This is only his third year in the league, [and] at 22 years old, to put up these numbers is something else...And again, he's going to get better and better every year too."

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(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- With all the hype surrounding Lonzo Ball and his family on Tuesday night in a nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden, it was easy to forget about the Knicks own soft-spoken rookie point guard, Frank Ntilikina.

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(Adam Hunger)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 37 points in the Knicks' win over the Lakers on Tuesday, became the first player in NBA history to combine at least 35 points with 10 rebounds, five blocks, and five three-pointers in a game, according to Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks' win 00:01:39
The Knicks collectively give high praise for their rookie point guard, Frank Ntilikina, after his exceptional play down the stretch Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) Kristaps Porzingis had 37 points and 11 rebounds, Michael Beasley made the biggest plays in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-109 on Tuesday night.

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GEICO SportsNite: Lonzo on MSG 00:00:38
Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball discusses his anticipation for playing in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

With Lonzo Ball and the Lakers coming to New York, Knicks C Enes Kanter couldn't help but to add his two cents about his father -- LaVar Ball. 

Kanter believes Lonzo has the skills and talent to be a great player, but he thinks his father puts too much pressure on him. 

"He has the potential to be a really good player. But I feel like his dad is putting too much pressure on him. That's why whoever plays against him just wants to kill him, just wants to beat him on that court, just because his dad is talking all that crazy stuff," Kanter told the Daily News' Stefan Bondy. "If he leaves him alone, I think it's going to better for the kid because it's not going to be that much pressure. That's why I feel like he just needs to leave him alone and play his game."..

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Dec 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) dribbles the ball around Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports  ( Adam Hunger)
Dec 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire (1) dribbles the ball around Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Nets won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Former Knicks C Amar'e Stoudemire will be the man to light a cermonial menorah at Madison Square Garden before Tuesday's contest against the Lakers, per NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy. 

Stoudemire, who has been highly connected with Judaism, says it is an honor to be able to kick off the first night of Hanukkah at MSG. 

"Lighting the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah is a privilege in any location but having the opportunity to do it at Madison Square Garden and with the Knicks during their first ever Hanukkah Night is special," Stoudemire said in a statement.

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New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)  (Aaron Gash/AP)
New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash/AP)

Knicks star F Kristaps Porzingis doesn't want to hear anything about his team tanking. 

When fans see that their team is in a rebuilding stage, they want to see them tank to secure a top draft pick. However, this isn't the case for the Knicks accoring to their front office. General manager Scott Perry told the media on Saturday that there won't be any tanking for the Knicks as it looks to rebuild its franchise. 

Instead, Perry wants to see this team make the playoffs, and play in meaningful games. That is how he believes this team will mature and get better. 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre' Bembry during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Doug McDermott added 23 off the bench and the New York Knicks withstood a late push from the Atlanta Hawks for a 111-107 victory Sunday night.

One night after losing to the NBA-worst Chicago Bulls on the road, New York managed to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Hawks, who have the second-worst record in the league.

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(Mike Dinovo)

After a surprising loss to the NBA-worst Bulls Saturday night, head coach Jeff Hornacek couldn't hold in his frustration after the game. 

The Knicks made a late run at the end of the game to tie things at 102. But SG Kris Dunn sealed the deal at the free throw line with 2.4 seconds left following a Courtney Lee foul. The loss continued the Knicks woes on the road, and with the Bulls facing travel difficulties, it comes as even more of a shocker. 

Despite the late rally, Hornacek didn't like the effort from his team whatsoever. 

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Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 17, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (right) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (left) look on from the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

After a gut-wrenching 104-102 loss to the NBA-worst Bulls, things may have gotten worse for the Knicks.

Enes Kanter was seen limping around after the game, via Laura Albanese of Newsday. Kanter is optimistic about his chances of playing on Sunday against the Hawks, though. 

Kanter played 28 minutes against the Bulls, scoring ten points on 4-11 shooting. He also had a team-high 11 rebounds.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots on a technical during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks travel to Chicago and lose to NBA's last-place Bulls 104-102. The Knicks were down ten with under two minutes left and battled back to tie the game with eight seconds left, but lose to a pair of Kris Dunn free throws.

Kristaps Porzingis scores 23 and Courtney Lee adds 14 points. << Box score

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Knicks will be without Joakim Noah against his former team tonight as he's been officially listed as inactive. 

According to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, Noah is "disappointed" and "wanted to play, even if it was just garbage time."

Noah spent the first nine years of his NBA career with the Bulls before joining the Knicks prior to last season. 

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New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry speak to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The new mindset around the NBA has been to either contend for a championship or bottom out for a top draft pick-- with no in between. But Knicks' general manager Scott Perry doesn't quite see it that way.

The Knicks have surprisingly jumped to a 12-12 record to start the season when many figured they might tank. 

"I think it's very important if you're playing meaningful basketball late in the season because of the culture you're trying to build here," Perry said, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. "I'll also say wherever we wind up in the draft, whether on the playoff side or lottery side, I have extreme confidence in the scouting and front-office staff we're going to add some talented players to the mix here."

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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) drives against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

CHICAGO -- After 10 consecutive losses, the Chicago Bulls finally found a way to finish off a victory. Whether they can return on short rest to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season now becomes the question.

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) waits to check into the game against the Portland Trailblazers during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks C Joakim Noah will play a role on the Knicks moving forward and the team does not plan to buy out his contract, GM Scott Perry told the New York Post

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Knicks' expectations rising? 00:02:37
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Knicks' expectations going forward this season and discusses the team's strong start to the season.

The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Knicks' expectations going forward this season and discusses the team's strong start to the season.


 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Knicks F Lance Thomas may not dazzle on the scoreboard, but the co-captain of the Knicks leads the way with his defense. 

A Knicks player revealed to the NY Daily News' Stefan Bondy that Thomas and SG Courtney Lee were named co-captains of the Knicks. Though Thomas may not be a top scorer on the team, he leads by example on the defensive front. Being in a captain's role is a big responsibilty, but one that Thomas likes to be in. 

"A lot of responsibility comes with it. You have to practice what you preach," he said. "I have the guys' respect because I do that. I tell guys the truth and I live in the uncomfortable. I'm not afraid to call a teammate out or push for them to be better. I'm not a guy who has a comfort zone. Some guys aren't vocal, I'm all of those things and that's something I take pride in with this team. And I'm honored."

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) talks to forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Kristaps Porzingis assured everyone that the Knicks will find a way to win without Tim Hardaway Jr. in the lineup. 

Porzingis was back in the lineup himself last night as he returned from an ankle injury. He notched 18 points to help the team break their losing skid in a 99-88 win over the Grizzlies. 

The Knicks are happy their star forward is back on the court, but it is still unclear when their second-leading starter in Hardaway will return. Porzingis says no matter the case, the team will find ways to win with an easy next few games...

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GEICO SportsNite: Knicks 00:00:45
Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter discuss how the Knicks were able to dominate in the second half as they beat the Grizzlies, 99-88.

NEW YORK (AP) Courtney Lee scored 24 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 18 after a slow start in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88 on Wednesday night.

Moving from forward back to shooting guard in Tim Hardaway Jr.'s absence, Lee fell just shy of his season high and was the catalyst in a big run to open the second half that largely determined the game. >> Read more

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after turning an ankle against the Miami Heat during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Knicks F Kristaps Porzingis will suit up and play in Wednesday night's game against the Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis (ankle) had missed Sunday's 105-100 loss to the Magic after spraning his ankle during a win against the Heat last week. He has also been dealing with an undisclosed illness. 

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez (14) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks might be about to get back the services of one of their prized possessions on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in a matchup with the suddenly spirited Memphis Grizzlies.

However, they got some disappointing news on one of their other top players.

The team announced on Tuesday that star power forward Kristaps Porzingis was probable to return on Wednesday after missing two-plus games with a sprained ankle sustained Nov. 29 in a 115-86 win over the Miami Heat.

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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)

A lawsuit alleges that Knicks owner James Dolan knew that former Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein was a sexual predator.

Weinstein, who founded The Weinstein Company in 2005 and was previously head of Miramax, was fired in October after allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and rape from over a dozen women.

Dolan was a director of the Weinstein Company for roughly a year from 2015 to 2016.

According to the lawsuit, as reported in the NY Daily News, Dolan "knew of Weinstein's pattern and practice of predatory sexual conduct toward women from his personal relationship with Weinstein and his position as a director of TWC." 

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Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jake Brown | Twitter | The Knicks are 11-12 and past the quarter mark of the season. This team has had some highs and lately they have had some lows. In some aspects, they have been better than people expected, and in others, they have underachieved.

I said before the season that this would be somewhere around the fifth-worst team in the NBA. Clearly, I was wrong. The Knicks are better than that. However, a problem that will likely remain with them for the whole season is health.

It's alarming that this team still has 59 games to play and that they already cannot stay healthy. Only two players on the roster have played in all 23 games: Courtney Lee and Doug McDermott. That means only one starter (Lee) has played in every game this season. Their best player, Kristaps Porzingis, has already missed four games, and has had multiple different injuries and illnesses...and it's not even Christmas yet...

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Knicks owner James Dolan was originally interested in hiring Jerry West to replace Phil Jackson as Knicks president, reports Sporting News, citing sources.

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Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (stress injury to his lower left leg) has started a treatment and rehab program and will be reevaluated in two weeks, the team said on Tuesday.

Hardaway's time away from the game is up in the air, the NY Post's Marc Berman explained earlier Tuesday.

A stress injury, according to Northwestern Univeristy orthopedist Dr. Wellington Hsu, could keep Hardaway out from two weeks to two months depending on its severity. Hsu explains that the two types of stress injuries -- a stress reaction and a stress fracture -- will determine how long he stays out. 

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New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Enes Kanter prepares to shoot the ball around Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points to lead seven Indiana players in double figures as the Pacers routed the short-handed New York Knicks 115-97 on Monday night.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 for the Pacers (13-11), who led by 26 at half and 95-65 after three quarters

The Knicks (11-12) were without leading scorers Kristaps Porzingis (25.8 ppg) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (17.8 ppg) for a second consecutive loss. Porzingis is dealing with a sprained right ankle and illness and Hardaway has a lower left leg injury.

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New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley walks past Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks will be short-handed again Monday night.

The question is whether the Indiana Pacers (12-11) be able to take advantage when they host the Knicks (11-11).

New York played without its two top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr., in a 105-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday.

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The Knicks' top two scorers -- F Kristaps Porzingis and SG Tim Hardaway Jr. -- are out for Monday's game against the Pacers, per ESPN's Ian Begley

The two Knicks starter didn't see the floor in Sunday night's 105-100 loss to the Magic, and the team didn't include them in their travel plans to Indiana either as they nurse their injuries. Porzingis has a right ankle sprain he suffered during the team's win over the Heat last week as well as an undisclosed illness. He did test his ankle before the game, but the team determined he wasn't ready to get out on the floor. 

X-rays and an MRI have shown no structural damage to Porzingis' ankle, but he wasn't on the floor at practice for the two days before Sunday's game. He did say, however, that the swelling in the ankle had decreased since the initial sprain.

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Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and forward Kristaps Porzingis will not travel with the team for Monday's road game against the Indiana Pacers, the team announced.

Hardaway has been dealing with a stress injury to his lower left leg, and head coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters Hardaway will undergo tests on his shin, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Hornacek added that Hardaway's current leg injury is unrelated to the plantar fasciitis he dealt with in November.

Porzingis also will not travel with the team after he sprained his right ankle in Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.

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Jeff Hornacek, Jarrett Jack and Enes Kanter discuss dropping a close game to the Magic and losing their star guard, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points - eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run - and the Orlando Magic beat the New York Knicks 105-100 on Sunday.

With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.

Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.

Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

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Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 27, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against Portland Trailblazers power forward Noah Vonleh (21) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Two days after allowing three Golden State Warriors to score 20-plus points in a 21-point loss, the Orlando Magic travel to New York on Sunday afternoon to face a Knicks team that could be missing its most dangerous weapon.

Kristaps Porzingis' status remains in doubt for the Knicks' tilt with the Magic, whose big loss to the Warriors followed one of their best wins of the season, a 121-108 victory against Oklahoma City that snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Porzingis sprained his right ankle less than three minutes into the Knicks' 115-86 home win versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, and he told reporters on Friday that swelling remained.

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Charlotte Hornets assistant head coach Patrick Ewing waves to the crowd during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Charlotte Hornets assistant head coach Patrick Ewing waves to the crowd during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing shared a near-telepathic with former trainer Timmy Walsh, and the latter told Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News some great Ewing tales.

"He was very aware of people who didn't wash their hands," Walsh said. "Patrick knew from two rooms away if someone went to the bathroom and didn't wash their hands. He knew it. And Patrick was not touching that person all night. Two hours later, in the middle of the game, if that guy just hit the game-winning shot, he was fist-bumping him instead of shaking his hand. He wasn't touching the guy..."

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X-rays on Kristaps Porzingis' ankle were negative, but he was still absent at practice and wants to return when he is fully healthy.

Kristaps Porzingis missed practice Saturday, but not because of his ankle. His absence was a result of an illness and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Magic, according to Frank Isola of NY Daily News.

Fans feared the worst as the Knicks' star exited the team's 115-86 win against the Heat with an ankle injury. X-rays came back negative and the Latvian had reportedly been progressing well and hoped to play Sunday. 

Porzingis is averaging 27 points per game this season, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA.

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Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Nov 29, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) is helped off the court after being injured against Miami Heat during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kristaps Porzingis was re-evaluated by Knicks doctors on Friday and is progressing as he attempts to return on Sunday from a right ankle sprain.

The MRI on Porzingis' injured right ankle revealed no structural damage, and Porzingis is day-to-day, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Despite the Knicks -- and all of Madison Square Garden -- expecting the worst, Porzingis' ankle is only sprained.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis warms up prior to taking on the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis joked that he didn't understand it when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant first called him a "unicorn" when describing Porzingis' play on the court.

"At first I was a little confused. It's like what is it, a horse with a ponytail? What does it mean?" Porzingis said Thursday on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon." "But then he explained it to me, and what he tried to say was that I was a unique player, so it was nice to hear him say good things about me."

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