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Jack hits tiebreaking free throws, Knicks beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jarrett Jack figured the Pelicans' defense was more concerned with Kristaps Porzingis than with him.

Porzingis had just scored seven consecutive points to help the New York Knicks forge a tie with New Orleans in the final minute. With the Knicks looking to take the lead, Jack knew what to do.

He found an opening between Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, drew a foul from Jrue Holiday and made two free throws with 9 seconds left to lead New York past New Orleans 105-103 on Saturday night.

''KP had just hit a couple of shots, so I knew they weren't leaving him,'' said Jack, a former Pelican. ''That left me with a nice lane to drive toward the basket. I made an aggressive play, got fouled and did my job by knocking down two free throws.''

Jack's play completed a comeback from an eight-point deficit in the final 3 minutes. He finished with 15 points, scoring 13 in 17 minutes of second-half action after scoring two in the first half.

''That's why they have two halves in this game,'' Jarrett said.

The Pelicans had a chance to tie or win at the end, but Davis, who had 31 points and nine rebounds, missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

''That was one of the options,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the final play. ''We know we didn't need a three, but if the three was available to us, we were going to shoot it. It was a great shot. We just didn't knock it in, but I'll take that shot any time of the day.''

Cousins had 29 points and 19 rebounds, Holiday scored 13 and E'Twaun Moore had 12.

''You have to close out a game like that,'' Gentry said. ''We had every opportunity to do it, and they did it. We didn't and they did. They came back and made some shots.''

Holiday began the fourth-quarter scoring with a three-point play that started an 8-0 New Orleans run, giving the Pelicans an 86-79 lead.

Frank Ntilikina started an 8-2 run that got the Knicks within 88-87 midway through the fourth.

''We missed a lot of open shots in the beginning of the fourth quarter, must have had five or six in a row we couldn't make and at the end we got down by eight,'' Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''The team kept their poise and they made the plays. They didn't try to do anything they were incapable of doing.''

The Knicks led by 11 at halftime, but Davis led a surge in the third quarter. He scored 14 points, including seven straight, as New Orleans got within 75-71. Holiday's 3-pointer helped the Pelicans get within 79-78 after three quarters.

The New York bench outscored the New Orleans reserves 23-8 in the second quarter, and the Knicks led 56-45 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Knicks: New York entered the game having lost a season-worst four games in a row. ... Beasley scored 15 points to lead the way as New York's bench outscored New Orleans' backups, 42-10.

Pelicans: After playing three home games in four nights, New Orleans plays six of its next eight games on the road. ... Cousins has had three games with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds this season, making him the first player to do that since Kevin Love in 2010-11.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night.

Pelicans: At Utah on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 PF
D. Cousins
0 C
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
26.1 Pts. Per Game 26.1
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
12.3 Reb. Per Game 12.3
44.6 Field Goal % 47.9
44.2 Three Point % 47.9
83.4 Free Throw % 74.8
  Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee 0:00
  Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Jarrett Jack made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Jarrett Jack made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Shooting foul on Jrue Holiday 0:09
+ 1 DeMarcus Cousins made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:27
+ 1 DeMarcus Cousins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:27
  Shooting foul on Kristaps Porzingis 0:27
+ 2 Kristaps Porzingis made jump shot, assist by Joakim Noah 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Jack 0:53
  DeMarcus Cousins missed jump shot 0:56
Team Stats
Points 105 103
Field Goals 41-94 (43.6%) 38-84 (45.2%)
3-Pointers 5-19 (26.3%) 6-26 (23.1%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 56 52
Offensive 9 4
Defensive 42 44
Team 5 4
Assists 24 24
Steals 6 3
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 6 10
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
29 PTS, 19 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Knicks 18-18 28282326105
home team logo Pelicans 18-18 21243325103
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 18-18 108.3 PPG 45.5 RPG 19.7 APG
home team logo Pelicans 18-18 117.4 PPG 47.7 RPG 27.2 APG
Key Players
K. Porzingis PF PPG RPG APG FG%
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 12.4 RPG 4.7 APG 50.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Porzingis PF 30 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
A. Davis PF 31 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
43.6 FG% 45.2
26.3 3PT FG% 23.1
85.7 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 31 30 7 3 2 2 0 5 11/22 1/5 7/8 2 5 47 +7
J. Jack 24 15 4 7 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/2 4/4 0 4 34 -1
C. Lee 35 9 3 4 1 1 0 0 4/12 1/3 0/0 0 3 22 +4
E. Kanter 20 6 9 1 0 0 1 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 7 16 -4
L. Thomas 17 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 1 3 8 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Porzingis 31 30 7 3 2 2 0 5 11/22 1/5 7/8 2 5 47 +7
J. Jack 24 15 4 7 1 0 0 1 5/13 1/2 4/4 0 4 34 -1
C. Lee 35 9 3 4 1 1 0 0 4/12 1/3 0/0 0 3 22 +4
E. Kanter 20 6 9 1 0 0 1 2 2/4 0/0 2/2 2 7 16 -4
L. Thomas 17 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 1/3 1/1 0/0 1 3 8 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 20 15 5 1 1 1 0 1 6/14 0/1 3/5 0 5 24 -2
K. O'Quinn 15 8 4 2 0 2 3 5 3/3 0/0 2/2 1 3 15 +5
F. Ntilikina 28 8 5 4 1 0 1 0 4/10 0/3 0/0 0 5 21 +4
D. McDermott 22 7 5 1 0 0 0 2 3/9 1/4 0/0 2 3 14 +4
J. Noah 12 4 4 1 0 0 1 4 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 3 9 +1
R. Sessions 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
R. Baker 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -1
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dotson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 105 51 24 6 7 6 24 41/94 5/19 18/21 9 42 211 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 31 9 1 0 5 3 3 11/24 0/4 9/12 2 7 44 -3
D. Cousins 40 29 19 4 1 0 1 3 9/19 3/6 8/9 2 17 56 -3
J. Holiday 33 13 3 2 0 0 1 5 5/11 2/6 1/1 0 3 19 +9
E. Moore 30 12 3 3 2 0 1 2 6/9 0/1 0/0 0 3 22 +4
R. Rondo 33 8 2 12 0 0 3 1 4/8 0/1 0/2 0 2 31 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 36 31 9 1 0 5 3 3 11/24 0/4 9/12 2 7 44 -3
D. Cousins 40 29 19 4 1 0 1 3 9/19 3/6 8/9 2 17 56 -3
J. Holiday 33 13 3 2 0 0 1 5 5/11 2/6 1/1 0 3 19 +9
E. Moore 30 12 3 3 2 0 1 2 6/9 0/1 0/0 0 3 22 +4
R. Rondo 33 8 2 12 0 0 3 1 4/8 0/1 0/2 0 2 31 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Miller 32 8 8 1 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/5 3/3 0 8 18 -7
I. Clark 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 5 -4
D. Cunningham 14 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 3 -6
J. Nelson 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -9
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Asik - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 48 24 3 5 10 19 38/84 6/26 21/27 4 44 197 -10