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Knicks 106, Pelicans 100: Scenes from a big man clinic

NBA: Preseason-New Orleans Pelicans at New York Knicks Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks looked to be shorthanded up front Friday night, with rookie big Mitchell Robinson missing out on the action with a sprained ankle. But the front line held up marvelously against the Pelicans, as the ‘Bockers out-rebounded New Orleans en route to a 106-100 victory.

Enes Kanter faced the unenviable task of checking MVP candidate Anthony Davis, and he more than held his own. Davis scored 15 points on 5-17 shooting 28 minutes, and Kanter countered with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists over the same amount of time. I’d call that a win for the good guys!

Something to show your grandchildren: Kevin Knox’s first bucket in MSG.

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The rook struggled shooting, hitting only 6-19 for 12 points, but he grabbed 10 boards for his second double-double in three preseason games.

Noah Vonleh isn’t the tallest, but he may be the strongest. Watch the young big man mow through the Pellies on his way to the rim.

Vonleh had a breakout game off the bench with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Keep getting those double-doubles, lads!

Recap to come.