By Kyle WeidieThe latest headlines on the NBA:New York Knicks:Basketball star Kristaps Porzingis is the first New York player to lead his team to a NBA championship in three years.
He is the only player since 1980 to have a triple-double and leads the Knicks with a career-high 14.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
The Knicks are 8-1 in the NBA with Porzingus as their starting center.
The Knicks won eight of their first nine games before losing four straight, including a 120-110 overtime loss at the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Porzingis’ 15 points in overtime tied his career-best and the Knicks went into the game with a 17-5 record.
They won the next four games before falling behind by 19 points on a three-pointer by Marcus Smart in the final minutes.
Poroshenko’s shot came at the right time, though.
The Cavaliers went on a 16-2 run in the third quarter to take a 59-52 lead, and Porzingos hit a 3-pointer to make it 61-51.
Cleveland went on to beat the Knicks 104-96.
The Cavaliers’ Kevin Love scored 14 points in his return from a 10-day absence to score 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
Love was 2 of 9 from the field in 16 minutes.
The Cavs’ LeBron James scored 16 points to lead Cleveland to a 99-94 win over the Knicks on Friday.
The Cavs lost 107-93 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
James’ 13 points led the Cavs to a 92-87 win over Phoenix on Friday, and James had 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
He scored seven points in a season-high 17 minutes.
James is averaging 23.9 assists this season, good for sixth in the league.
He also has a team-high seven steals and four blocks.