Well that was satisfying.
The Knicks returned to MSG following a seven-game road trip and found themselves playing host to their premier 2017-18 whipping boys, the Brooklyn Nets. And the ‘Bockers did what they have done all season against Brooklyn: stomp that ass.
New York built a 20-point lead by halftime, rode out a couple of brief Nets runs, and cruised to a 111-95 victory.
Frank Ntilikina showed D’Angelo Russell who the most promising young former lottery pick guard in the Five Boroughs is by locking down the former No. 2 overall pick on the defensive end. He also got surprisingly fancy with the dribbling.
Speaking of players from the 2015 draft, we witnessed a most magnificent case of 4-on-3 violence, when Kristaps Porzingis reminded Jahlil Okafor who really should have been selected first.
Kristaps ended the evening with 28 points, including a career-high 6 three-pointers. Poor Jahlil. It’s not his fault the Sixers picked him first.
Recap to come.