New York Knicks News Mix, 9/1/17: Porzingis, Hernangomez Star In EuroBasket
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Kristaps Porzingis #6 and Willy Hernangomez #14 of the New York Knicks react against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

New York Knicks big men Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez both stood out in their opening games in EuroBasket 2017.

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t disappoint in his EuroBasket 2017 debut on Friday and his teammate and close friend, Willy Hernangomez, wasn’t too shabby either.

Porzingis had 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting including 3-for-6 on three-point attempts in Latvia’s 10 point loss to Serbia. The Serbian team was led by 30 points from Sacramento Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Hernangomez will have a different kind of experience than his buddy at EuroBasket 2017. He’s playing for the loaded Spanish team. They have the Gasol brothers, Ricky Rubio, as well as Willy’s own brother Juancho, and many other former NBA players.

Spain steamrolled Montenegro 99-60 in their opener. Hernangomez led the team in points and rebounds with 18 and 9 respectively.

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Porzingis and Latvia’s next matchup will be Saturday against Belgium and Baylor’s Emmanuel Lecomte at 7:15 a.m. Hernangomez and Spain take on the Czech Republic and Tomas Satoransky of the Washington Wizards at 10:45 a.m.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Lithuania return to the court Saturday for their matchup with Israel and Omri Casspi of the Golden State Warriors at 2:30 p.m.


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