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Porzingis' career night lifts Knicks to 116-110 over Nuggets

NEW YORK (AP) A 23-point third quarter lead vanished in less than six minutes, before Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to make sure that the deficit was short-lived.

Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points and Hardaway Jr., who re-signed with New York as a free agent for $71 million, scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 116-110 on Monday night.

The Knicks had taken their biggest lead of the game, 69-46, on Courtney Lee's layup with 10:38 left in the third quarter. However, the Nuggets responded by scoring the next 13 points to ignite a 27-2 run and they took their first lead, 73-71, on Wilson Chandler's free throws with 4:42 left in the third quarter. The Knicks committed 10 turnovers during that six-minute stretch.

''We had a lot of turnovers. It was one of the worst quarters we've ever had,'' Porzingis said. ''But, we are going to learn from this game.''

The game was tied 77-77 when Doug McDermott's 3-pointer put the Knicks back in front for good with 1:09 left in the third.

New York led 84-81 going into the final quarter. Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within one, 89-88, with 9:50 left in the game.

But, Hardaway Jr. scored the Knicks' next 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Porzingis' jumper with 5:35 left gave New York a 104-95 lead.

''I made some big shots and I was happy about that,'' Hardaway Jr. said. ''They were contested, but once you see one go down and you start feeling yourself a little bit it helps my confidence and the team's confidence.''

Denver responded by scoring the next seven points and pulling within two on another pair of Chandler free throws with 3:10 remaining.

But, Jarrett Jack hit a long jumper and Lee added two free throws and the Knicks were able to hold on down the stretch.

''Fourth quarter, too many mental breakdowns. Lack of discipline to give Tim Hardaway Jr. three straights 3's and he was the one guy we were supposed to be running off the line,'' said Nuggets' Head Coach Mike Malone. ''So, just poor game awareness.''

Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 28 points and Jamal Murray scored 20.

Kyle O'Quinn added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks. Lee and Enes Kanter each had 12 points for the Knicks. McDermott finished with 11 and Jack finished with 10 assists

Gary Harris scored 18 points, Emmanuel Mudlay had 15 and Barton added 13 for the Nuggets.

TIP-INS:

Nuggets: Denver had won the previous five meetings with the Knicks. New York's previous win in the series was a 109-93 victory at Madison Square Garden on November 16, 2014.

Knicks: New York's three-game winning streak is its longest since they won four in a row last season.

SPENDING TIME IN THE GARDEN

Monday's tilt with the Nuggets marked the beginning of a five-game homestand for the Knicks.

OH BROTHER

Siblings Willy Hernangomez (Knicks) and Juancho Hernangomez (Nuggets) were on opposing sides Monday night. Willy got off the bench to play just over three minutes, while Juancho was inactive due to an illness and did not attend the game. ''I was really looking forward to seeing him,'' Willy said. ''But, he has mono and is being quarantined right now. Maybe for another few weeks.''

FOUL FRENZY

The Nuggets could not keep their hands to themselves in the second quarter, committing their fifth foul and putting the Knicks in the bonus at the 8:24 mark. New York went on to outscore Denver 30-18 in the 12-minute session.

UP NEXT:

Nuggets: Host Toronto on Wednesday. The teams will play again in Toronto on March 27. The Raptors won both matchups last season.

Knicks: Host Houston on Friday. The teams last met on New Year's Eve 2016, with the Rockets posting a 129-122 victory. They play again in Houston on November 25.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
K. Porzingis
6 F
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
27.6 Pts. Per Game 27.6
0.6 Ast. Per Game 0.6
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
53.5 Field Goal % 47.8
53.1 Three Point % 47.0
89.5 Free Throw % 81.0
+ 1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Kristaps Porzingis made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Will Barton 0:02
+ 3 Nikola Jokic made 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Kristaps Porzingis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Kristaps Porzingis made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Personal foul on Gary Harris 0:19
  Defensive rebound by Kristaps Porzingis 0:19
  Nikola Jokic missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Frank Ntilikina 0:21
Team Stats
Points 110 116
Field Goals 35-85 (41.2%) 41-82 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 18-41 (43.9%) 13-32 (40.6%)
Free Throws 22-31 (71.0%) 21-23 (91.3%)
Total Rebounds 43 59
Offensive 13 11
Defensive 23 38
Team 7 10
Assists 20 27
Steals 13 8
Blocks 5 10
Turnovers 13 22
Fouls 22 27
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST
38 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 3-4 25183829110
home team logo Knicks 3-3 35301932116
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 3-4 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Knicks 3-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
N. Jokic C 18.5 PPG 10.7 RPG 6.1 APG 50.0 FG%
K. Porzingis F 22.7 PPG 6.6 RPG 1.2 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Jokic C 28 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
K. Porzingis F 38 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
41.2 FG% 50.0
43.9 3PT FG% 40.6
71.0 FT% 91.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 30 28 8 2 1 1 2 1 9/15 6/10 4/6 3 5 40 +5
J. Murray 32 20 3 2 1 0 2 0 8/16 2/9 2/2 1 2 26 -1
G. Harris 35 18 2 3 3 1 2 3 6/15 4/10 2/2 0 2 28 +1
P. Millsap 34 8 10 4 2 1 1 6 2/13 2/3 2/4 6 4 28 0
W. Chandler 27 6 3 4 1 1 2 4 1/3 0/1 4/4 1 2 17 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Jokic 30 28 8 2 1 1 2 1 9/15 6/10 4/6 3 5 40 +5
J. Murray 32 20 3 2 1 0 2 0 8/16 2/9 2/2 1 2 26 -1
G. Harris 35 18 2 3 3 1 2 3 6/15 4/10 2/2 0 2 28 +1
P. Millsap 34 8 10 4 2 1 1 6 2/13 2/3 2/4 6 4 28 0
W. Chandler 27 6 3 4 1 1 2 4 1/3 0/1 4/4 1 2 17 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Mudiay 19 15 1 1 2 0 2 0 3/6 3/3 6/6 0 1 18 -11
W. Barton 23 13 4 2 2 0 0 1 5/10 1/3 2/4 1 3 23 -12
M. Plumlee 16 2 3 2 0 1 1 2 1/4 0/0 0/3 1 2 9 -3
K. Faried 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -8
D. Arthur 11 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 -6
M. Beasley 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
T. Lyles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 110 36 20 13 5 13 22 35/85 18/41 22/31 13 23 191 -30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 34 38 7 2 0 3 5 5 14/26 4/7 6/6 2 5 47 0
T. Hardaway Jr. 33 13 4 3 3 0 2 1 4/11 3/10 2/2 1 3 24 -1
C. Lee 34 12 2 4 1 0 2 2 4/8 2/4 2/2 0 2 21 +1
E. Kanter 23 12 9 2 0 1 2 4 5/8 0/0 2/2 1 8 24 -8
J. Jack 32 6 3 10 2 0 2 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 3 29 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 34 38 7 2 0 3 5 5 14/26 4/7 6/6 2 5 47 0
T. Hardaway Jr. 33 13 4 3 3 0 2 1 4/11 3/10 2/2 1 3 24 -1
C. Lee 34 12 2 4 1 0 2 2 4/8 2/4 2/2 0 2 21 +1
E. Kanter 23 12 9 2 0 1 2 4 5/8 0/0 2/2 1 8 24 -8
J. Jack 32 6 3 10 2 0 2 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 3 29 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. O'Quinn 20 15 12 1 0 5 3 5 3/4 0/0 9/10 5 7 31 +14
D. McDermott 21 11 3 2 0 0 0 5 4/10 3/6 0/0 1 2 18 +7
F. Ntilikina 15 5 2 1 2 0 4 4 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 2 7 +1
M. Beasley 13 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 2/4 0/1 0/1 0 2 4 +6
W. Hernangomez 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 +4
D. Dotson 6 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 9 +5
R. Sessions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kuzminskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 116 49 27 8 10 22 27 41/82 13/32 21/23 11 38 215 +30