New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis scored a career-high 38 points during Monday night’s 116-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Porzingis helped the team reel off its third consecutive victory, giving the Knicks a win over both Denver and the Cleveland Cavaliers on a back-to-back. The New York standout has poured in at least 30 points in three consecutive games and having done so in five of six games this season.
Porzingis finished the game 14-for-26 from the field overall, knocking down 4-for-7 from 3-point range and all six free throws he attempted. Along with the 38-point outburst, he added seven rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.
The Knicks were able to weather losing the third quarter by 19 points and committing 22 turnovers to still come out on top. Center Kyle O’Quinn had a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double off the bench in 21 minutes, while no other Knicks starter scored more than the 13 points that Tim Hardaway Jr. had.
On the other side of the floor, a similarly dominant European star was having a game of his own, as Nuggets center Nikola Jokic finished with 28 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. He knocked down six 3-pointers during the game, with the two youngsters trading haymakers.
Coming into the night, Porzingis was already averaging better than 27 points per game to open the year, continuing his high-octane start to the season in his third NBA year.
The next time the Knicks take to the court comes on Wednesday night when the team hosts the Houston Rockets.
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