NBA Basketball

85
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 20 24 24 17 85
New York 20 36 27 24 107
107
4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CTNaN:� , November 20, 2017
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 18,848

Porzingis, Knicks hand Clippers ninth straight loss

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Three days after getting little help for Kristaps Porzingis, a host of New York Knicks came to play on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis scored 25 points and reserve guard Doug McDermott added 16 to lead six players in double figures as the New York Knicks defeated the slumping Los Angeles Clippers 107-85 on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Porzingis shot 7 of 20 and scored at least 25 points for the 10th time as New York ended a 10-game losing streak to the Clippers despite shooting 43.2 percent and committing 22 turnovers.

Blake Griffin had 21 points on 6-of-17 shooting to lead the Clippers, who lost their ninth straight. Wesley Johnson had 13 for Los Angeles and DeAndre Jordan added 10.

"When you lose nine games in a row, you feel sorry for yourself when things don't go right, and you can't do that," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.

New York responded to a furious Clippers rally with an extended streak of its own and rebounded from its worst loss of the season, a 23-point defeat at Toronto on Friday.

"The NBA is a different game nowadays," New York head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Teams are down -- Golden State one time was down 24 and won by 15 -- and teams blow leads with the amount of 3-pointers that are shot. We've blown some and made some comebacks."

After ending the first quarter with the score tied at 20, New York outscored the Clippers 36-24 in the second as the Knicks' starters dominated Los Angeles. New York's starters had 31 second-quarter points, including 10 by Tim Hardaway Jr., while holding the Clippers' starters to just 10, including eight by Griffin.

"It was just (about) simply moving the ball," Hornacek said. "We were trying to go in the post, trying to come off pick-and-rolls and just shoot it, and we wanted to get the ball from side-to- side. It was as simple as that. Once they started doing that, they started making shots."

New York extended the lead to 17 with 10 minutes left in the second half before the Clippers went on a 15-0 run behind Jordan's six straight points.

The Knicks countered with a 17-2 run of their own as McDermott took over with three 3-pointers in a four-minute stretch.

"The 12-0 run was just disheartening," Rivers said. "I thought that took the spirit away. I thought we came out and played the right way for a change in the second half, the beginning of the third. The ball moved, guys got great shots, we had a great defensive energy. Then we turned the ball over, that leads to a three, and from that point it was a 12-0 run, and that was disheartening."

Porzingis, who had one of his worst games of the season on Friday against the Raptors, finishing that game with 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting, scored nine points in the third quarter Monday when the Knicks regained control. New York had six players in double figures, including Hardaway's 13 and Enes Kanter, who had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

"What's great is (Kanter) didn't force anything," Hornacek said. "Sometimes guys get frustrated if they don't get shots. He played his role perfectly tonight. Had to deal with DeAndre, tried to box him off the boards, went and set some screens outsides. He only got four shots, but he had a big difference on the game. That's the attitude we want from our guys."

New York survived the turnovers by outrebounding Los Angeles 51-36. The Knicks also hit 24 of 25 free throws and improved to 8-3 at home. Porzingis and Kanter combined to go 15 for 15 from the line.

NOTES: The Clippers' nine-game losing streak ties for their worst of the Blake Griffin era. In 2010, Griffin's second season, the Clippers lost nine straight from Nov. 5-Nov. 20. ... G Patrick Beverley made his return for the Clippers after a five-game absence due to a sore knee. Beverley had nine points in 22 minutes. ... New York will stay at home on Wednesday for a rematch with Toronto.

Updated November 20, 2017

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2017 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.