NEW YORK, USA – Marcus Morris sank a clutch three-pointer with 13 seconds left to lift the New York Knicks to a 106-103 win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA on Thursday, November 14 (Friday, November 15, Philippine time).
Porzingis, the former face of the New York Knicks, received a rude New York welcome in his first game back in the Big Apple on Thursday.
Knicks fans screamed “Go back to Latvia” and “Traitor” at the 24-year-old in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden since being traded in February.
The Latvian finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Luca Doncic, of Slovenia, tallied his fifth triple-double of the season with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
But it wasn’t enough to stop the Knicks who won for just the third time in 12 games this season, but two of those wins have come at the expense of the Mavericks.
New York traded Porzingis, its first-round pick in the 2015 draft, to Dallas in February in a blockbuster deal involving 6 players and two first-round picks.
He was booed every time he touched the ball and every time he took a shot on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Porzingis said that if social media were any indication, he expected a negative reception.
Morris’ game-winning shot capped a back-and-forth 4th quarter in which there were 5 ties. Seth Curry put back a Tim Hardaway miss to level the score at 101-101 with 38 seconds left.
Morris dribbled for a few seconds before taking a step back and hitting the go-ahead shot. Doncic sank a basket to pull the Mavericks within one point with 5 seconds left.
Frank Ntilikina then hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to ice the win.
Heat hold on
Elsewhere, Rookie Kendrick Nunn had 23 points and 8 assists as the visiting Miami Heat held on for a 108-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Heat, who have won 6 of their past 8 games, improved to 8-3 on the season.
Miami’s Bam Adebayo collected 16 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Tyler Herro scored 16 points in his return from a one-game absence caused by a sprained ankle.
Jimmy Butler had 14 points and s6 assists for the Heat, who led 68-44 at the half.
Kevin Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Collin Sexton chipped in 15 points for the Cavaliers.
Larry Nance came off the bench to finish with 14 points and 8 rebounds for Cleveland, which lost for the fifth time in 7 contests.
Also, Jrue Holiday scored 36 points to spoil Paul George’s season debut and lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 132-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
George was playing for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Clippers because he’d been recovering from shoulder surgery last spring.
George finished with 33 points in 24 minutes but turned the ball over 3 times late in the game to Holiday.
Holiday finished with 6 steals, including another one on Lou Williams’ attempted pass in the final seconds to clinch the win. – Rappler.com