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Nuggets 130, Knicks 118: Nuggets somehow survive the Trey Burke onslaught

Defense? Never heard of it.

NBA: New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

It was close, but in the end Knicks fans were denied the Trey Burke 20-10 game we have all been waiting for. Instead we had to settle for 18 points and 11 assists (against zero turnovers) for the jitterbug point guard out of the G League. The Burke-Beasley pick-and-roll was unstoppable, of course. It was truly a special performance.

Oh, as for the rest of the game? Well let’s just say it was one of the worst defensive performances I’ve seen in quite some time. And I watch a lot of Knicks games, y’all. New York gave up 130 points to a Denver Nuggets squad that shot 60 percent as a group. They hit 14 of 28 threes, which actually marks an improvement (at one point they were 10-12 from beyond the arc.)

Kristaps Porzingis scored 21 points, but fouled out against Nikola Jokic, who moves so slowly that everything is called a foul against him. He’s still very good at basketball, though.

Whatever. One more game on this road trip. Trey Burke might as well start. Recap to come.