Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis Ends Pistons’ Jon Leuer With Epic Alley-Oop

Bryan Brandom
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Though they were the last to figure it out, the New York Knicks might finally know that Kristaps Porzingis is their best player.

Or, at least, they might have learned that he's their best chance at being relevant in 2016-17 and seasons to come, what with the rest of the franchise riddled by a case of overwhelming incompetence and senility.

For just the third time in 11 games, the 21-year-old Latvian led the team in shots. Not surprisingly, it resulted in a career-high 35 points and a big win over a team they'll be competing with for a spot in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

One person not so happy about the Knicks' revelation is Detroit Pistons big man Jon Leuer, who had the guts to try and interrupt a Porzingis alley-oop from Brandon Jennings, only to foul KP in the process of getting dunked all over.

Porzingis did Leuer dirty on the other end, too, swatting his shot before celebrating with fans while the game continued.

Porzingis shot 13-of-22 from the field to go with seven rebounds, three assists, a block, a steal, and just one turnover in the 105-102 win. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting.

"He's figuring everything out," said point guard Derrick Rose, who shot 7-of-15 for 15 points. "Like, he's going out here scoring 30 and he really don't know the NBA yet."

A day after showing off his Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway in front of the legend himself, Porzingis yet again displayed more stepbacks and fades that, at a height of 7'3", are nearly unguardable. This potential for effortless, any-time scoring combined with an outside shot and serious deterrence at the rim is why Porzingis is the Knicks' ticket to prosperity.

For his and their sake, let's hope the team keeps treating him that way.

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