Power forward Kristaps Porzingis shines with his first double-double against the Spurs, but falls hard as the New York Knicks losses to the San Antonio Spurs 94-84.
The Knicks all night were battle tested against the five time champions in the Spurs. Early in the game it was close until late in the second when the Spurs took control. Although the Knicks were still in the game, fans were excited to see the effort and determination of Porzingis.
He finished the game with 13 points, 14 rebounds and one assist. Three minutes left in the fourth quarter Knicks had a chance to cut the lead and were hustling for rebounds. Porzingis was down on the court and Carmelo Anthony, who finished the game with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, fell down on his neck. He felt enormous pain at that moment, but was feeling better after the game.
I fell and [Anthony] fell on my neck,” said Porzingis, who suffered what the Knicks called a “soft-tissue injury” with X-rays proving negative according to the New York Post. “Right now I have some stiffness in my neck and it doesn’t feel too good. “But it’s nothing serious and I think it will be fine soon.
Knicks didn’t give up and played hard until the buzzer sounded off. The Spurs however were putting up points led by Lamarcus Aldridge (19 points) and Kawhi Leonard (18 points). Each of them made the Knicks work on the defense. This took away pressure from Spur’s trio, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobilo. The three of them combined for 39 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
Knicks head coach Derek Fisher knew the effort was okay, but they have a long way to go on taking it to the next level during the season.
Overall, our effort was OK,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said according to the New York Post. “We didn’t bring a certain effort. There were times we weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be defensively. Overall, I thought the effort was solid. We are not good enough yet to have solid efforts against a good team like San Antonio.
Check out the video of Porzingis’ huge putback dunk on Aldridge.