Kristaps Porzingis needs to make a postseason push and he lastly performed prefer it Tuesday.
The Latvian was scorching from past the arc dropping 28 factors – his highest complete in over three weeks – and was assisted by a 20-point, 20-rebound effort from Enes Kanter in one other cruise-control victory over the Nets, 111-95.
It accomplished a four-game season sweep of the Nets, the primary time the Knicks completed that in opposition to their geographic rival since 2011. Just like the earlier three matchups, this was hardly aggressive.
The Knicks (23-28), who received consecutive video games for first time since mid-December, led by Eight after the primary quarter, then 20 on the break. Their benefit by no means dipped into single-digits within the second half. New York’s 4 wins over the reeling Nets (18-33), who’ve misplaced 4 straight, had been by a mean of 14.Eight factors.
Brooklyn stinks once more this 12 months.
“We have gotta be higher,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned earlier than the sport. “They’ve just about dominated us for 3 video games. It is gotta be motivating issue for us. We have got to play higher in opposition to them and it has been a nasty matchup for us and provides them a whole lot of credit score. They’ve form of outplayed us at each place. The coaches have outplayed us, too. Jeff’s performed an important job.”
A day after having seven stitches inserted into his lip as a result of his face caught an elbow in follow, Kanter was a menace on the boards and left the sport to an ovation within the fourth quarter. It was his second 20/20 recreation of the season.
Porzingis’ six Three-pointers – on simply eight makes an attempt – represented a season-high.
Frank Ntilikina resurfaced with an energetic Eight-point, 5-assist efficiency. A few of his greatest minutes had been alongside Trey Burke within the backcourt, with Ntilikina enjoying off the ball.
Burke scored two factors in 17 minutes with 4 assists.
Past their environment friendly Three-point taking pictures general (13-of-26), the Knicks protection was spectacular whereas holding the Nets to 42 % from the ground. That facet of the ball has been a problem currently. Hornacek hopes the staff has turned a nook.
“Protection isn’t just three or 4 guys on the market at one time,” he mentioned. “You want all 5 guys even when they’re on the weak facet they should be offering some type of assist, they want some type of exercise on the market. and if one man will not be doing it, typically you possibly can disguise a man. You probably have two guys, it is awfully robust to ever cease anyone. So we want all 5 guys to play protection after they’re on the market.”
He actually wants that with upcoming video games in opposition to the Celtics, Bucks and Raptors.
Ron Baker suffered a shoulder harm within the first quarter and it did not look good. The reserve guard swiped at a ball – in opposition to the momentum of a rising Nets participant – and instantly held his proper shoulder in ache. He was shortly dominated out for the remainder of the sport.