Kristaps Porzingis Stars in New York Knicks Victory Over Pistons (Highlights) 2
Nov 16, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts after scoring a basket on a dunk against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Young Kristaps Porzingis enjoyed a career night at Madison Square Garden while his New York Knicks took out the Detroit Pistons.

  • New York Knicks 105 (5-6)
  • Detroit Pistons 102 (6-6)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

If you didn’t already know, now you do.

When guys like Kevin Durant call him “The Unicorn” and Dirk Nowitzki goes out of his way to say, “He’s going to be a great player,” you better start realizing.

Quite honestly, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe Kristaps Porzingis. The age, the talent, the size, the attitude, the words — he’s simply a coach’s dream. And he proved just that on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden during the New York Knicks 105-102 victory against the Detroit Pistons.


Young KP poured in a career high 35 points on 13-of-22 from the floor. 25 came in the first half alone. He hit 3-of-7 from downtown, snared seven rebounds, collected three dimes, and even added a block and a steal. His previous career high was 29. He didn’t miss that 30-point mark this time around. Additionally, Porzingis hit the 40-minute mark in terms of playing time.

On this night he even put on his “mean” face moments after displaying the total package — a turnaround mid-range jumper in an isolation and then finishing a nasty alley-oop lofted up by Brandon Jennings:

Though the Knickerbockers led comfortably throughout most of the game (up as many as 12 in the fourth), a few lazy moments late made this one a contest. Detroit actually cut the lead to two points with under a minute remaining.

In the end, though, New York was able to hold on after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed an open three to end the game.

Carmelo Anthony finished 22 points on 9-17 from the floor. Derrick Rose added 15 while dishing out five assists.

Another storyline in this one revolved around Joakim Noah and how he would rebound from the second half benching in the Knicks Monday night victory. Jeff Hornacek didn’t bat an eye, started his center and was rewarded greatly. Noah came out energetic and furious while collecting 15 tough boards.

For Detroit, Tobias Harris led the way with 19 points.

The Knicks and Pistons have now split their first two meetings of the season, each winning on their own homecourt. New York improves to 5-6 with a trip to Washington D.C. slated tonight in preparation for Thursday night’s game against the Wizards.

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