Kristaps Porzingis and Kent Bazemore Get Up in Each Other’s Grill

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: Getty)

With their win over the the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, the New York Knicks, at 17-19, are the first NBA team to match their win total from last season.

And a big part of that turnaround has been their 7'3" rookie, Kristaps Porzingis.

The Latvian fourth overall selection came into the season confident but not cocky, and definitely not about to back down from anyone.

That was the case last night when the Hawks' Kent Bazemore dared to enter the Zinger's paint and rip the ball out of his arms after a whistle.

As has been the case since pretty soon after Porzingis' drafting, Carmelo Anthony was quick to come in and stand up for his new teammate. My how things have changed for the Knicks.

Both Porzingis and Bazemore were assessed technical fouls after a video review.

Neither player seemed to think much of the incident after the game.

"It was the heat of the moment," Bazemore said. "A lot of guys competing. A lot of fire out there."

Porzingis finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and a block in the 107-101 victory.

 

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