Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Pick, Roll

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Knicks Pick, Roll

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NEW YORK -- The best-laid and often most disappointing plans of the Knicks have revolved around the triangle offense -- and, surprisingly, the triangle defense.

But for one brief burst, one that finally got the fans at Madison Square Garden out of their seats, it was not the biggest free agents or the longtime face of the franchise and it wasn't the plans put in place by Phil Jackson that did it.

Backup point guard Brandon Jennings and Kristaps Porzingis repeatedly ran a simple pick-and-roll, daring the Nets to stop it. And for some reason the Nets would chase Jennings every time and he would find Porzingis.. Jennings, who had 11 assists, might have been the only person celebrating more than the fans as the Knicks coasted to a 110-96 win over the Nets on Wednesday.

The Knicks seemed in danger early, but whether it was fatigue setting in on the Nets or simply the Knicks waking up, an early 14- point deficit turned into a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter. For a night, all was well again with the Knicks, now bound for a back- to-back set in Boston and Toronto on Friday and Saturday.

"Everybody thinks the sky is falling," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "I guess so. But I don't think any of our guys, any of the coaches, anyone in the organization, is panicked about it. We know these guys just got together in these last few weeks with Derrick [Rose] coming back. Are there things we can do better? Sure. We will get better. Everyone is pretty positive."

After surrendering at least 102 points in each of the first six games and putting up an NBA-worst defensive efficiency rating, the Knicks made a coaching staff shuffle Tuesday, shifting Kurt Rambis, who was passed over for the head coaching vacancy this summer, to head up the defense.

The change didn't exactly change the Knicks' fortunes as they trailed 29-19 after the first quarter.

The Nets, who were playing the second half of a back-to-back set of games while the Knicks were off since Sunday afternoon, held a 55- 50 lead at halftime, converting 55 percent from the floor. …

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