COURTNEY Lee took charge down the stretch as the New York Knicks overcame an early exit from Kristaps Porzingis and recovered in time after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 111-104, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Barclays Center.
The Knicks got going in the second quarter, building a 57-40 lead late in the period, before seeing Porzingis leave the court with an apparent knee injury and never came back.
The Nets then went on a 27-10 start in the third to take the lead, 77-73, before the Knicks finished the quarter strong to regain control and led the rest of the way.
Brooklyn stayed within reach, trailing only by three late in the game, before Lee scored nine of his 27 points in the final four minutes to seal New York’s third straight win.
Michael Beasley chipped in 15 points off the bench for the Knicks (15-13), while Enes Kanter and Porzingis finished with 13 apiece.
Spencer Dinwiddle led the Nets (11-16) with 26 points, while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 25.