NEW YORK — The Knicks appear to be getting whole as the regular season approaches.J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin made their preseason debuts in Friday night’s 85-83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. All three rotation players had missed the previous six preseason games due to injury.Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds in 13 minutes. He also hit a 35-foot jumper at the third-quarter buzzer.Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-4 shooting in 12 minutes.
NEW YORK –- The Madison Square Garden transformation appears to be a hit so far with fans.Some of the 19,812 fans who attended the debut of the renovated Madison Square Garden during the Knicks game against the Bobcats on Friday were thrilled with the new MSG changes. And that included those sitting on one of the new “Chase Bridges” as well as fans sitting at the very top of the arena on stools situated behind them.”I love it,” said Steve Marrero, a contractor seated on one of the bridges.
Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 110-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Steve Blake scored 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter, Pau Gasol and Nick Young each had 16, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 111-106 Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
The Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns.
Paul George scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers used a 13-0 run to race past the Dallas Mavericks 98-77 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden was listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday night’s preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a right knee bruise.
The Milwaukee Bucks have a slick new floor to play on this season.
Deron Williams, the team’s mercurial point guard, spent much of the preseason watching from the sidelines after sustaining a sprained left ankle in mid-August.
Deron Williams got his first preseason action. LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t need any more.
Derrick Rose scored 15 points and the Chicago Bulls ended the preseason with a 94-89 win Friday over the Denver Nuggets.
The Knicks are neither the healthiest nor the deepest team in the Eastern Conference, and the roster cuts on Friday did little to address some pressing needs.
Brian Roberts scored 21 points and Eric Gordon added 12 to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 101-82 rout of the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Kemba Walker scored 18 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 1:31 remaining as the Charlotte Bobcats spoiled the New York Knicks’ return to Madison Square Garden with an 85-83 preseason victory Friday night.
Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith were back, full of hope, and the Knicks were back at a newly transformed Garden ,full of glitter. But the preseason ended on a dampening…
The Knicks’ only home game of the preseason turned into a fully participatory dress rehearsal for Opening Night, with injured veterans J.R.
The cost exceeded $1 billion and the project took 13 long, painful years. That’s approximately how much James Dolan spent on the Knicks’ payroll dating back to 2001 before the franchise finally won a playoff series last season.
The little brother and the big man were among those to survive the Knicks’ five roster cuts Friday and remain for now on the team’s 15-man roster.