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Nets 112, Knicks 104: Scenes from Frank Ntilikina’s return from exile

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It wasn’t quite 40 years in the desert, but Frank finally got back onto the court, where he belongs.

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The Nets beat the Knicks on Saturday night, 112-104...but who cares? The big news is that Frank Ntilikina is back! The 20-year-old guard was finally released from his bench exile late in the third quarter with the Knicks trailing by 15. It had been more than 176 minutes since the young Frenchman had seen the court.

And Frank made the most of his return, dropping a tidy 7 points (3-6 shooting) and 3 assists in only 15 minutes of play. An all-youth lineup of Frank, Allonzo Trier, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson briefly got the deficit down to 5—almost 3, as a Dotson layup just barely rimmed out—before Brooklyn rallied to put the game away.

Frank got credit for an assist to fellow youngster Mitchell Robinson, but as you can see, th lanky Mitch did most of the work.

Frank was even aggressive in looking for his own shot at the rim.

And the youngest young’un, Knox, contributed this splendid coast-to-coast layup.

Good fourth quarter! Rest of the game sucked, though. Recap to come!