The legend of Kristaps Porzingis nearly saw exponential growth on Wednesday night, as the Knicks’ Latvian rookie hit what appeared to be a game-winning three-pointer as time expired against the Hornets.
Porzingis was unguarded at the top of the arc, caught an inbounds pass and heaved it from deep, just tenths of a second too late. The shot was initially ruled a make and New York’s bench nearly lost it, before the referees reviewed the play and determined Porzingis was unable to let go of the ball in time. The Knicks fell to the Hornets 95–93, falling to 4–5 on the season.
The Hornets had just taken the lead on a go-ahead shot by Cody Zeller off an inbounds play with 2.2 seconds to go. Zeller snuck behind Robin Lopez to catch a pass from Spencer Hawes under the basket and finish what would go on to become the game winner. The Hornets moved to 4–4.
Continuing his impressive start to the season, Porzingis finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, his fourth double double in his first nine games.
Zeller, a third-year pro, finished with 12 points and four rebounds.
- Jeremy Woo