Not only has Shane Larkin been thrust into starting duty for the Knicks, but he has been holding his own amid quite the four-game trial by fire against some of the best point guards in the NBA.
Here’s hoping there is a basketball season to talk about at Madison Square Garden instead of a triangle offense, which is routinely discussed these days as the next closest thing to a cult.
Klay Thompson scored a career-high 41 points in his first game since signing a contract extension, teaming with backcourt star Stephen Curry to lead the Golden State Warriors past the winless Los Angeles Lakers 127-104 on Saturday night.
Joe Johnson and Lionel Hollins have separate histories beating up the Detroit Pistons.
Derrick Favors scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds, Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 10 boards, and the Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Saturday night.
As much as Dirk Nowitzki struggled to get up accurate shots with Anthony Davis’ hand in his face, the Dallas Mavericks’ veteran still found a way to come through in the clutch.
Joe Johnson scored 15 of his points in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Nets in a road win over the Pistons.
Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka each scored 23 points to help the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 102-91 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.
Jimmy Butler made a surprise return to the starting lineup and hit two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to help the Chicago Bulls weather another absence from star guard Derrick Rose in a 106-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
James Harden had 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Houston Rockets used a big first quarter to defeat the Boston Celtics 104-90 Saturday night.
Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 20 and the Atlanta Hawks shook off a tumultuous offseason to beat Indiana 102-92 in their home opener Saturday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Kyle Lowry added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic for the eighth straight time with a 108-95 victory on Saturday night.
Marc Gasol scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 71-69 on Saturday night to open 3-0 for the first time.
Paul Pierce was tossed before halftime in his first home game with the Washington Wizards, and Otto Porter picked up the slack with a career-high 21 points Saturday night in a 108-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, one day after leaving the game against Cleveland with a sprained left ankle.