PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Shortly after he hit his third 3-pointer of the first half on Wednesday night, Iman Shumpert walked off the court and headed to the bench with a message for his teammates. “I’m pissed off early this year,” Shumpert yelled.That might be a good thing for the Knicks.Shumpert, animated on the floor all night long, poured in 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in 25 minutes in the Knicks’ 103-102 preseason-opening win against Boston.
J.R. Smith has a starting job that is his to win, which is pretty remarkable since Smith — the reigning Sixth Man of the Year — is coming off knee surgery in July and hasn’t been cleared to practice. Where that leaves Iman Shumpert is unclear, but if he plays like he did Wednesday he may finally be released from Mike Woodson’s doghouse.
Tim Hardaway Jr. hit a fadeaway game-winning jumper with 8.2 seconds left as the Knicks, who blew a 23-point fourth quarter lead, defeated the rebuilding Celtics, 103-102, in their preseason opener. The first-round pick, with his father seated just 10 feet from the court, finished with 16 points off the bench and hit 6 of 10 shots.
Goran Dragic had 19 points and the Phoenix Suns held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Portland Trail Blazers for a 104-98 preseason victory Wednesday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. didn’t take long to acclimate to life in the pros.
Iman Shumpert scored a game-high 18 points after Mike Woodson declared an open competition for the starting job between Shumpert and J. R. Smith.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points as the Dallas Mavericks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-90 in a preseason game Wednesday night.
Anthony Davis scored 29 points and the New Orleans Pelicans remained unbeaten in three preseason games with a 99-95 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Kevin Love had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-89 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.