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Porzingis scores 30, Knicks beat Nets 107-86 for 1st win

NEW YORK (AP) Frank Ntilikina and the New York Knicks both got on the board Friday night.

The rookie guard scored his first NBA points, and the Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 for their first victory of the season.

''It was great. We had a great game and I think the fans liked it,'' Ntilikina said.

Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Ntilikina finished with nine points as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.

They did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the NBA's highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.

New York blew it open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a 72-50 cushion and coasted from there after three straight losses that followed a winless preseason.

''It was important because obviously it was our first win, but I think the most important thing in all of these three losses, we stick together,'' center Enes Kanter said. ''We stick together in every practice, we practice really hard and then tonight it was all about defense and we did a great job.''

D'Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence with 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.

They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot just 40.5 percent from the field against their city rivals.

''They were the more energetic team,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''They were the more physical team. They were denying us left and right. We couldn't handle their pressure. We were lethargic and we paid for it.''

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek gave veteran Jarrett Jack his first start at point guard and he responded with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ntilikina, who has been injured for much of the time since former president Phil Jackson made him the No. 8 overall draft pick, then picked up the backup minutes and played well.

''We're not surprised because we see it every day in practice,'' Hornacek said.

Ntilikina, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle after a scoreless NBA debut, made a long jumper with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The French guard hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and also had five assists.

Russell got the first basket of the third quarter to cut New York's lead to three, but the Knicks controlled the next seven minutes of play. Porzingis had a follow dunk and three-point play as he and Kanter combined for all the points in a 9-0 run. Soon after, a 12-2 spurt extended the lead to 72-50.

TIP-INS

Nets: Brooklyn missed its chance to even the all-time series, which the Knicks lead 95-93. ... Russell was the only Nets starter in double figures.

Knicks: Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who had played just 15 minutes in the first three games - sitting out one entirely - got in during the first half and finished with four points. ... It was the Knicks' most lopsided victory since beating Phoenix 128-97 on March 9, 2016. Their largest win last season was 16 points.

BACKBOARD BEATING

The Knicks outrebounded the Nets 55-34, racking up a 31-6 edge in second-chance points. ''They played harder than us. They killed us on second-chance points,'' swingman Allen Crabbe said. ''You're just not giving yourself a chance.''

BROOKLYN BUYER

Joseph Tsai, the executive vice president of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company, has agreed to purchase a 49 percent stake of the Nets from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov , with the option to become controlling owner in four years, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday. Prokhorov, who bought the team in 2010 and oversaw its move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, will eventually become the minority owner, retaining 20 percent of the franchise after Tsai takes control in 2021.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Denver on Sunday.

Knicks: Visit Cleveland on Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 G
K. Porzingis
6 F
35.0 Min. Per Game 35.0
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
48.2 Field Goal % 45.8
45.0 Three Point % 40.0
83.3 Free Throw % 77.4
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Lance Thomas 0:37
  Sean Kilpatrick missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:37
+ 2 Frank Ntilikina made floating jump shot 0:47
+ 2 Frank Ntilikina made floating jump shot 0:47
+ 2 Sean Kilpatrick made layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 1:00
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen 1:08
  Tim Hardaway Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:08
  Offensive rebound by Damyean Dotson 1:08
  Damyean Dotson missed jump shot 1:12
  Offensive foul on Tyler Zeller 1:25
Team Stats
Points 86 107
Field Goals 30-74 (40.5%) 44-98 (44.9%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 15-21 (71.4%) 10-17 (58.8%)
Total Rebounds 43 68
Offensive 4 19
Defensive 30 36
Team 9 13
Assists 18 19
Steals 5 7
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 20 19
Technicals 1 1
4 PTS, 11 AST
30 PTS, 9 REB
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away team logo Nets 3-3 2814242086
home team logo Knicks 1-3 23243624107
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 3-3 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 1-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Russell G 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 5.2 APG 41.4 FG%
K. Porzingis F 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell G 15 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
K. Porzingis F 30 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
40.5 FG% 44.9
37.9 3PT FG% 33.3
71.4 FT% 58.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 17 15 2 1 0 0 2 2 6/10 1/5 2/2 0 2 17 -17
C. LeVert 25 7 3 2 1 0 4 3 2/8 2/5 1/4 0 3 11 -16
D. Carroll 23 6 5 0 0 0 0 3 1/5 1/2 3/4 1 4 11 -9
T. Mozgov 13 6 5 0 0 1 0 0 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 3 12 -11
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 6 3 0 0 0 2 2 2/8 0/2 2/2 0 3 7 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 17 15 2 1 0 0 2 2 6/10 1/5 2/2 0 2 17 -17
C. LeVert 25 7 3 2 1 0 4 3 2/8 2/5 1/4 0 3 11 -16
D. Carroll 23 6 5 0 0 0 0 3 1/5 1/2 3/4 1 4 11 -9
T. Mozgov 13 6 5 0 0 1 0 0 3/4 0/1 0/0 2 3 12 -11
R. Hollis-Jefferson 17 6 3 0 0 0 2 2 2/8 0/2 2/2 0 3 7 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Q. Acy 18 12 4 0 0 0 1 1 4/6 4/6 0/0 0 4 15 -7
T. Booker 18 10 4 0 0 0 2 2 4/8 1/1 1/2 1 3 12 -11
S. Kilpatrick 9 8 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/7 0/2 4/5 0 1 10 +1
J. Harris 27 6 1 1 1 0 0 4 2/6 2/4 0/0 0 1 10 -13
T. Zeller 9 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +1
S. Dinwiddie 22 4 0 11 1 0 2 1 1/3 0/0 2/2 0 0 25 -1
J. Allen 15 2 3 0 2 0 1 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 0 3 6 -3
A. Crabbe 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -9
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 86 34 18 5 1 16 20 30/74 11/29 15/21 4 30 146 -105
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 29 30 9 0 1 3 0 3 13/24 1/6 3/3 3 6 43 +12
C. Lee 29 13 3 1 1 0 0 0 4/11 3/6 2/2 1 2 19 +13
E. Kanter 16 12 6 1 0 2 1 3 6/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 21 +12
T. Hardaway Jr. 36 11 3 2 0 0 1 2 4/12 1/5 2/3 1 2 17 +15
J. Jack 25 8 7 5 1 0 1 2 3/7 1/1 1/2 1 6 25 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 29 30 9 0 1 3 0 3 13/24 1/6 3/3 3 6 43 +12
C. Lee 29 13 3 1 1 0 0 0 4/11 3/6 2/2 1 2 19 +13
E. Kanter 16 12 6 1 0 2 1 3 6/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 21 +12
T. Hardaway Jr. 36 11 3 2 0 0 1 2 4/12 1/5 2/3 1 2 17 +15
J. Jack 25 8 7 5 1 0 1 2 3/7 1/1 1/2 1 6 25 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. McDermott 20 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 4/6 2/4 2/3 1 4 17 +7
F. Ntilikina 22 9 2 5 1 0 3 3 4/11 1/2 0/0 0 2 19 +10
M. Beasley 14 4 2 1 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 +8
K. O'Quinn 18 4 12 3 1 1 2 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 5 7 22 +1
W. Hernangomez 13 4 4 1 2 0 2 1 2/4 0/0 0/4 3 1 10 +8
L. Thomas 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 +4
D. Dotson 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 1 0 1 +4
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 107 55 19 7 6 11 19 44/98 9/27 10/17 19 36 202 +105