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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Despite the Knicks losing Kristaps Porzingis in this game to an injury once again, this was another very entertaining game.
The second half of the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter was awesome to watch. With that being said, the story of this game will be whether Porzingis is going to be ok. The Knicks said it was a "sore knee," but who knows yet what the actual diagnosis will be. It was a non-contact knee injury, which is always alarming to hear. We'll see if it ends up being anything serious, but the injuries keep piling on to the Knicks.
As for the game itself, Ron Baker was the hero of this Knicks team in the fourth quarter. Jeff Hornacek has been using the backcourt of Baker and Frank Ntilikina a lot lately, especially in the fourth quarter. It's worked, and their defense has been spectacular. Baker was a catalyst to put this game out of reach, as he had back-to-back steals that truly gave the Knicks all the momentum in the final five minutes.
The Knicks gave Baker a two-year, $8.9 million contract for what he did tonight. His hustle and effort on the defensive end leads to buckets, and that's why they brought him back. He was essential for the Knicks with Porzingis down tonight.
Courtney Lee stepped up big once again when Porzingis went down, finishing with 27 points. He continues to play really well on both sides of the ball. Besides committing some stupid fouls, Michael Beasley had another nice offensive night, finishing with 15 points.
If Porzingis misses time, Beasley's scoring will be pivotal for the Knicks to stay afloat. Most importantly, A ROAD WIN. Well, technically it's a road win despite there probably being more Knicks than Nets fans at Barclays Center tonight. Let's see if they can carry that to actual road games outside of New York.
That will all depend on if Porzingis aka "The Lizard" is able to make a speedy recovery.