Knicks Preview: 5 Keys to Defeating the Houston Rockets

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Nov 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles the ball as Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (6) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. The Knicks defeated the Rockets 107-102. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

3. Kristaps Porzingis

When Kristaps Porzingis gets going, good things seem to happen for the New York Knicks. Not only does it alleviate pressure from Carmelo Anthony, but it overwhelms opponents.

The Houston Rockets can attest to that.

Porzingis is a 7’3″ power forward who can shoot with legitimate 3-point range. He’s also an excellent offensive rebounder, a capable post scorer, and a committed defender who blocks shots with regularity.

During the previous encounter with the Rockets, Porzingis put that all on display.

Porzingis ate the Rockets’ frontline alive, tallying 24 points, 14 rebounds, five offensive boards, two assists and seven blocks. He was 8-of-12 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 at the free throw line.

Porzingis may not post an identical stat line in the second go-round, but New York will need him to perform in a similarly efficient and well-rounded manner.

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