Knicks Morning News (2016.01.09)

  • [New York Post] How Kristaps Porzingis forced a Gregg Popovich about-face (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 02:37:02 -0500)

    SAN ANTONIO — In recent years, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has carried on his legendary schtick in giving very short, bland non-answers to most questions he doesn't find appealing. Popovich did perk up Friday when the subject came around to Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis, then he watched the Latvian nearly deal his club their first…

  • [New York Daily News] Melo, Knicks trying to follow Spurs’ recipe for success (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 06:41:41 GMT)

    Tim Duncan is the ultimate franchise player, a star who over the years has sacrificed salary, shots and minutes for the good of the Spurs.

  • [New York Daily News] Unselfish Melo sees Calderon miss at upset try in Knick loss (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:05:04 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony was filled with self-doubt immediately after Jose Calderon’s corner jumper sailed long and the Knicks’ comeback fell short.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 06:48:41 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Thunder Hold Off Lakers 117-113 Despite Lou’s 44 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 06:24:48 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder barely survived Lou Williams’ 44-point performance for a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Edge Knicks to Keep Home Win Streak Alive (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 06:09:27 GMT)

    San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds as the Spurs shaded the New York Knicks 100-99 to win their 22nd straight home game this season.

  • [New York Times] Leonard Has Double-Double; Spurs Hold Off Knicks 100-99 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:39:38 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs got the test they were expecting all season at home, and it almost proved too much for them to overcome.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Leads Warriors to 128-108 Win Over the Blazers (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:36:44 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 36 points, making seven 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-108 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Grizzles Hold Off Nuggets 91-84 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:33:28 GMT)

    Zach Randolph scored a team-high 24 points off the bench as the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Denver Nuggets 91-84 victory at FedExForum.

  • [New York Times] Spurs 100, Knicks 99: Knicks Battle to End but Can’t Faze Spurs, Who Win 31st Straight at Home (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:26:21 GMT)

    Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points for the Knicks, who fell short at the buzzer and failed to stop San Antonio’s regular-season home winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | College Basketball: UConn Wins 50th in a Row (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:22:17 GMT)

    Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams each had 13 points, and the No. 1 Connecticut women’s team easily overcame a slow start for its 50th straight victory, 76-37, over host Houston.

  • [New York Times] Wade Scores 27, Heat Win as Dragic, Green Return to Phoenix (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:15:35 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns for the 11th straight time with a 103-95 victory Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith, Love Lead Cavs to 6th Straight Win Over Wolves (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:54:53 GMT)

    Kevin Love was back in Minnesota again, and this time the boos he heard were half-hearted and faint from the Target Center crowd.

  • [New York Times] Randolph Scores 24 to Lead Grizzlies Past Nuggets 91-84 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:09:38 GMT)

    Zach Randolph scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and Mario Chalmers made a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:30 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 91-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Middleton, Bucks Beat Mavericks 96-95 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:06:43 GMT)

    Khris Middleton’s driving layup with less than 10 seconds to play carried the Milwaukee Bucks to a 96-95 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] After Streak of Wins, Worries Over Bulls’ Chemistry Seem a Distant Memory (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 04:00:20 GMT)

    A comment by Jimmy Butler had raised questions about the chemistry in the Bulls’ locker room. But that had been in December, before the team won a season-high six games in a row.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Magic Send the Nets to Their Ninth Straight Defeat at Home (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 03:48:20 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic led the Orlando Magic to an 83-77 victory over the Nets, who have lost nine straight home games.

  • [New York Times] Mahinmi Leads Pacers Past Pelicans 91-86; Davis Injured (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 03:45:47 GMT)

    Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers posted a 91-86 win over a reeling New Orleans Pelicans team that lost Anthony Davis to a lower back bruise early in the game Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Magic Send Nets to Ninth Straight Home Loss, 83-77 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 03:22:18 GMT)

    Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic each scored 20 points Friday night to lead the Orlando Magic to an 83-77 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who have lost nine straight home games.

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 35 as Raptors Beat Wizards 97-88 (Sat, 09 Jan 2016 03:16:03 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his season-high 35 points in the second half, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 97-88 on Friday night.

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