NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 35 points and the New York Knicks held on for a 105-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The 7-foot-3 forward from Latvia hit three 3-pointers and converted a dazzling three-point play in the first half after dunking a lob pass on the fast break in the first 30-point performance of his two-year career.
Carmelo Anthony added 22 points to help the Knicks win their second straight. Joakim Noah bounced back nicely with seven points and 15 rebounds after he was benched in the second half of the Knicks’ victory over Dallas on Monday night while Porzingis moved to center in a smaller lineup.
Porzingis played some more center Wednesday and everywhere else on the floor, drawing “MVP! MVP!” chants while also grabbing seven rebounds.
It almost wasn’t enough, as Detroit pulled within two in the final minute and had a chance to tie but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a 3-pointer on the last possession.
He finished with 21 points and Tobias Harris added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who had won two straight.
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