Kristaps Porzingis' Rising Stars performance was better than a Knicks game (Highlights)
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; World Team guard Buddy Hield of the New Orleans Pelicans (25), World Team forward Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks (6), World Team center Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets (15) and World Team forward Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers (9) during the Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Although it was boring, the NBA Rising Stars Challenge performance put up by Kristaps Porzingis was still better than a Knicks game.

It was boring. It was awful. It was even goofy, as it always is.

The NBA Rising Stars Challenge was no different in 2017 than it is every single season.

In the end, it was the World Team who coasted past the U.S. Team by the final of 150-144. Jamal Murray, the Canadian, led the way with 36 points while capturing MVP honors. Buddy Hield wasn’t too far off that pace with 28 of his own.

New York Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis poured in 24 points on 11-of-16 from the floor while chipping in with 10 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.

Boring? No defense? Yes, to both of those questions. But hey, it was still better than a Knicks game.

Watching KP, the future of the organization, showcase his talent in a non-entity of a basketball event brings long much more pleasure than the daily muck Phil Jackson‘s squad brings to the table. It could even be argued there was more defense in the Rising Stars game than you average Knickerbockers contest.

The other man who participated in the game on Friday night was Willy Hernangomez. He finished the night with two points and six boards on the night, but his lone bucket came in style:

Here are a few highlights from the horribly played game:


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