The Knicks technically lost Sunday night, I suppose. The Charlotte Hornets scored 119 points to the Knicks’ 107, which is the clinical definition of a loss.
But this was more than just another night—this was French Heritage Night! And the Knicks’ resident Frenchman, Frank Ntilikina, rose from the ashes of his recent benching like a magnificent Gallic phoenix, dropping a career-high 18 points on Charlotte, all in the second half!
That’s 1️⃣3️⃣ points for @FrankLikina in Q3— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 10, 2018
1️⃣3️⃣ points pour @FrankLikina dans le 3ième quart-temps #NewYorkPourToujours pic.twitter.com/yMdK2vJXox
Frank was on fire from beyond the arc, hitting all four of his three-point attempts. The only sour note of the evening was when he missed out on an even 20 points after the ref called a B.S. offensive foul off a blatant Frank Kaminsky flop. Frank would later foul out. I strongly dislike you, Kaminsky.
The other star on the evening was fellow youngster Kevin Knox. The rook dropped 26 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on the evening, joining some elite teenage company.
26 points and 15 rebounds for Kevin Knox.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) December 10, 2018
He joins Patrick Ewing as just the second Knicks rookie over the last 40+ years with at least 25 & 15 in a game.
Knox joins LeBron James as just the second player in NBA history with at least 25/15 as a teenager.
Does this mean Knox is as good as LeBron? The numbers don’t lie.
Knox in the open court, with the Euro Step that he has used since high school pic.twitter.com/NUumGsXBJv— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) December 10, 2018
Recap to come.