Listen. Whatever. I don't even know what the score was. Okay, I do, because I just looked at it to put it in the headline, but I don't care. It doesn't matter. I had fun. Kristaps Porzingis woke up and played a really aggressive second half, even if some dainty layups rolled off the rim. Jerian Grant didn't play nearly enough, considering the month and the record, but he got to the rim some in his 12 minutes. Robin Lopez outplayed DeAndre Jordan, even on the glass, and even took some time to thwart a couple Chris Paul drives (only a couple). Carmelo Anthony played a smooth, even game.
Let's look at a few things even though my Vinin' phone just died. Early on, Jeff Green was killin' Kristaps:
Tough And-1 by @unclejeffgreen! https://t.co/Zph8BaNwF5— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 12, 2016
... but the second half was 100% Porzingis. Not everything dropped, but everything should have, and these ones did:
KP leaks out for the transition SLAM on @NBATV! #NBARapidReplay #NYKatLAC https://t.co/WB5636S4Hw— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2016
Another bucket for @kporzee and the #Knicks trail 96-92 with 1:06 to play on @MSGNetworks.#NYKvsLAC pic.twitter.com/qt6v4zJoYi— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 12, 2016
All that and 11 free throw attempts, which is: 1. Low, given the amount of contact he received 2. Awesome. His excess of finesse around the rim remains a thing to work on, but the sheer number of high-quality attempts made me feel great after watching him sputter a bit in recent games.
And hey, Robin Lopez forever:
.@rolopez42 on the board early & an exciting start to this contest. LAC leads 19-16. #NYKvsLAC pic.twitter.com/t4o04kQBu7— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 12, 2016
I liked the game. I wish they won, but I liked the game. Recap coming later.