New York Knicks Enes Kanter
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The New York Knicks and Enes Kanter handled the Miami Heat with ease, despite losing Kristaps Porzingis early to an ankle injury.

  • New York Knicks 115 (11-10)
  • Miami Heat 86 (10-11)
  • NBA, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

The New York Knicks picked up a bounce-back victory after a poor showing on Monday night against the Portland Trailblazers. Kristaps Porzingis went down early in the first quarter and it did not look good for the Knickerbockers. It was, by far, the scariest moment of the season.

The Knicks have struggled mightily this season without Porzingis, but that was not the case tonight.

The team rallied around the energetic play of Enes Kanter. Kanter led the way for the Knicks with 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting. He also dominated the glass racking up 14 rebounds that included 6 on the offensive end.

The Knicks had one of their worst offensive performances of the season on Monday as they only had 13 total assists. They are averaging 23 assists-per-game this season. Tonight they bounced back with 26 assists on 44 field goals.

The bench stepped up in a big way tonight. Doug McDermott had another efficient night scoring 12 points on 6-for-7 from the floor. Ramon Sessions stepped into the backup point guard role for the injured Frank Ntilikina. Sessions had eight points and six assists in 24 minutes of play. Kyle O’Quinn had a productive game as well. He scored 9 points and threw in seven boards as well. He really fits well as this team’s backup to Kanter because he can provide solid defense, rebounding, and energy.

Great effort on the defensive end tonight. The Heat only managed to score 86 points on 38% shooting. To be fair, the Heat missed a lot of open shots in the first half, but the Knicks never allowed them to creep back into the game. Kanter’s defense continues to improve and it showed tonight. He was the anchor in the paint on both ends of the floor.

The Knicks are happy to be off until Sunday when the Orlando Magic come to New York. This will give Porzingis some to rest that ankle. The Knicks are back above .500 and continue their dominance at Madison Square Garden. It’s good to be home.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.