Call it the Knicks revenge game.
New York went into Dallas on Friday and left with a 106-102 victory over old friend/enemy Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks. This was Porzingis' first game against the team that drafted him (and then traded him after the relationship soured).
Porzingis got his points — 28, in 35 minutes — but he also fouled out and almost had to endure Frank Ntilikina, another recent Knicks first-rounder, dunking all over him.
Frank Ntilikina tries to dunk on Porzingis. Called a foul on the floor but is now overturned after the challenge pic.twitter.com/qlmOL8OHOE
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) November 9, 2019
Ntilikina had one of the better all-around games of his career, in fact: 14 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots. He also made 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range.
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Part 2 of this drama will take place Thursday, Nov. 14, when the teams reconvene in New York.
Dannng, Dame: 60 for Blazers star in loss
Damian Lillard tried to beat the Nets by himself. Didn't work, but he got a career-high scoring number out of it.
Lillard scored his 60 on 19-of-33 shooting from the field (seven 3s) and 15-for-15 shooting from the line.
Brooklyn still held on for the 119-115 victory.
D-Lo drops nickel-plus but Dubs still lose
D'Angelo Russell was back in the Warriors' starting lineup Friday after missing three games with an ankle injury, and he immediately made like Steph Curry — well, statistically, anyway. Russell scored 52 points (on 37 shots) to go with nine boards and five dimes, but Golden State still lost 125-119 in overtime to the Timberwolves.
This is how D-Lo closed out the third quarter, when things looked promising for the reigning West champs:
Another sign that balanced scoring was not the theme for Golden State on Friday: Only three players scored in double figures: Russell, Alec Burks (18) and Eric Paschall (12).
The T-wolves, meanwhile, got 40 from Andrew Wiggins and 20 from Karl-Anthony Towns.
Beat the clock
Big shots in big spots: Bojan Bogdanovic's game-winner for the Jazz over the Bucks . . .
. . . and Nikola Jokic's decider for the Nuggets over the 76ers, who led by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter: