Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA Roundup

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Rookie Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the host New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Hornets 102-94 on Tuesday night.

Less than a week after he just missed beating the Hornets when his 3-pointer was ruled after the buzzer, Porzingis couldn't be denied by Charlotte defenders or the clock in the 20-year-old Latvian's biggest moment in the NBA.

The slender, 7-foot-3 forward who was thunderously booed when the Knicks drafted him with the No. 4 pick had fans chanting "Por-zing- is! Por-zing-is!" in the fourth quarter, shortly after his three- point play following an offensive rebound gave the Knicks a 93-81 lead.

Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks. Arron Afflalo scored 16.

Kemba Walker scored a season-high 31 points for the Hornets, but reigning Eastern Conference player of the week Nicolas Batum had only one basket and four points.

Batum averaged 25.5 points last week, and one of the Hornets' victories came when they edged the Knicks 95-93 after video review waved off Porzingis' apparent winner. …

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