Knicks Square Off Against Spurs in Rematch during Madison Square Garden

7:30 PM ET | Madison Square Garden
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

1.  The Knicks executed down a widen to invert a Pelicans in an intensely critical highway feat on Friday night.  New Orleans seemed to be in control after a 24-12 run in a third entertain and during a 2:57 symbol of a fourth duration when a home group owned an eight-point lead.  New York answered in considerable conform by outscoring a Pelicans 14-4 in a final 3 mins to take a 105-103 highway victory.  Second possibility points were a pivotal metric in a win as a Knicks racked adult 15 points in that category.       

2.  On Friday, Porzingis delivered purchase buckets to assistance lift his patrol to a win in a Big Easy.  The third-year male is training how to work in break time.  In a competition opposite a Pelicans, Porzingis scored 11 points on 4-for-7 sharpened from a floor, drilled a 3-pointer, and available a blocked shot in a fourth quarter.  The considerable partial of his Friday night opening was a antithesis he faced in a frontcourt.  DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are dual of a best large group in a joining and Porzingis found a approach to gleam above a dual All-Stars in carrying New York to a two-point win.  This year, Porzingis ranks third in a NBA in fourth entertain scoring during 7 points per diversion in a final stanza, behind Lou Williams and LeBron James.

3.  In a initial assembly between a dual teams, rookie Frank Ntilikina squared off opposite his statue and associate Frenchmen, Tony Parker.  The dual players have usually met in flitting though a Dec 28 competition presented an event for Ntilikina to discuss with Parker after confronting him on a floor.  Parker is one of a many achieved European players in a NBA with 4 championship rings, a Finals MVP, and 6 All-Star appearances.  The 19-year aged Ntilikina seemed to lift a turn of his play in a late Dec matchup as he dished out a career-high 11 assists in 231 mins of justice time.  Tonight, Ntilikina will get his second and final possibility to go toe-to-toe with Parker this season.

4.  On Dec 28, New York fell to San Antonio 119-107 notwithstanding a plain night from Michael Beasley (23 points, 12 rebounds).  In fact, a Knicks cut a necessity to only one indicate early in a third entertain and trailed by singular digits streamer into a fourth quarter.  However, San Antonio combined space in a fourth duration by posting 33 points and attack 4-of-5 shots from prolonged range.  Six players scored in double total for a Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge forsaken a game-high 25 points in a win.      

5.  Since returning to a lineup, Kawhi Leonard has played each other diversion solely for dual uninterrupted contests on Dec 12 and Dec 15.  The two-time Defensive Player of a Year did not fit adult opposite a Knicks in a initial matchup.  He played 28 mins in a detriment to a Pistons on Saturday night and is now listed as illusive for tonight’s diversion during MSG.  San Antonio enters New York with a 25-12 altogether record after a three-game win strain was snapped in Detroit.  The Spurs arrange No. 1 in points authorised and third in defensive rating in a NBA.

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