Victory for the Poison. He is the best kind. It's rough, but it's the garden.
Fans unleashed their hatred on Kristaps Porzingis when the Knicks finally got together on their home court Thursday night in a throbbing 106-103 win over the Mavericks.
Give the Garden villain to boom after so many years of impotence under Jim Dolan and this place comes to life.
The fans were on the cusp of their negative game and you can be sure that a lot of it was a transfer of anger because the Knicks fans were so beaten down, but on this night, returning a "traitor" back to their floor is committing New York passion.
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During the national anthem, some voices shouted, "Traitor!" And much worse.
When the night was over, Porcisis rose high and said, "I really didn't hear this" on the scream of the anthem. He heard everything else.
"It was quite noisy," says Porzisis, who didn't score in the fourth quarter. "It sucks that we didn't get the profit. Their fans are really passionate, of course, and tonight was no different. "
Was it fair as he was traded, coerced or otherwise?
" I don't know if it's fair or not – that's what they know. That's what they heard. They're fans, "Porsiss said. . "I don't think about it too much. It is what it is. We came here to win a game. We are disappointed that we did not. They played good basketball. They entered the crowd from the beginning. They hit several large shots. They played well. They had high energy throughout the game. So it is difficult for us. "
When asked if the negative noise was even higher than expected, Porisis smiled and said," It was loud. It was cool. It's good. "
" I love the city, "Porzisis said." I miss it. It was cool to be back here to play in the Garden. It's not that big of a deal. I knew it would. I was excited to be back. I don't think about it too much. I am happy. It was an emotion. It would be a good idea to play if there was no applause or hum. It was cool. I enjoyed. & # 39; & # 39;
He absorbed the heat.
Porzisis went in for a kickoff dunk on a long pass from Luka Doncic to finish the third quarter to even the score at 87. The Knuts continued to fight and the crowd continued to chant, "KP sucks!" He never scored again. when finished with 20 points.
With a score of 101, the Knicks needed someone to step up and Marcus Morris did, squeezing out 3 with 13.2 seconds remaining.
For a team that was blown by Cleveland on Sunday night, was the predominant performance of Garden.
The moment the Porzingis came out for the suburban lineup, the Knicks fans let him have it. At first he smiled, but it became clear that for much of his first performance, he was shaken by the boom and the shouts of "traitor!"
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Porzingis did not score in the first quarter. At one point, he turned to Knick's bench during a timeout before breaking an old habit.
The incredible Doncic (33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) said of Porcisis' reaction: "It was really difficult for him. The way he handles it is just so professional. I don't think he deserved it. He gave a lot to the Knicks. He was knocked to the draft. I don't think he deserves it, but he handled it very professionally and I'm really proud of him. "
Porisis was supposed to be the nail-biter.
Now he's a villain. The vengeance avenged Thursday night.
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