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    Kristaps Porzingis, Willy Hernangomez spark late rally to spare Knicks blushes against Nets

    by the web
    Feb 2, 2017

    KRISTAPS Porzingis had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and got help from a lineup composed mostly of reserves that staged a big fourth quarter comeback that gave New York Knicks a 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

    The Knicks never tasted the lead in the first three quarters and were down 10 in the final period when Porzingis and Hernangomez — former Seville teammates in Spain — sparked a 16-2 run to open an 82-78 advantage on Justin Holiday's 3-pointer at the 5:11 mark.

    A 3-pointer from Porzingis, back after a one-game absence due to illness, managed to bounce in to give the Knicks a 92-86 lead with 30 seconds remaining.

    Carmelo Anthony added 15 points but spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench due to a bad shooting night (6/22 field goals) as the Knicks rally was fueled by reserves Willy Hernangomez, who finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Sasha Vujacic, who made team history by scoring eight straight points on a pair of four-point plays in the game.

    Brandon Jennings joined Porzingis as the only other starter on the floor for the comeback. Jennings started because point guard Derrick Rose is on the injured list with a sprained ankle.

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 16 for the Nets, who lost their seventh straight game and are 0-9 against Atlantic Division teams this season.

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