New York Knicks: 15 greatest individual performances of all-time

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Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
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9. The Unicorn shows off his magic

Since entering the league back in 2015, the play of Kristaps Porzingis has baffled both NBA purists and casual fans alike. He protects the rim as a 7-foot-3 guy should, but offensively he combines underrated handles with an incredible leaping ability and a deadly outside stroke.

In just three seasons, Porzingis has put together some wild numbers on nights where he becomes a two-way terror. Towards the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign, Porzingis was dominating the rest of the league, averaging close to 30 points a night in the month of October with efficient shooting across the board.

On the Sunday evening of Nov. 5, his coronation as a star in the league was officially cemented, with the Indiana Pacers serving as the unfortunate victims.

Indiana had actually built up a 15-point lead at halftime, leading many to assume the matchup between two long-time rivals wouldn’t be as competitive as some of their previous battles.

Porzingis would help spearhead a comeback that saw New York outscore the Pacers 36-17 in the final frame. He finished with a career-high 40 points on 15-for-24 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and eight blocked shots in a 108-101 victory at MSG.

It was clear Porzinigs was out to prove he could lead the Knicks with former franchise centerpiece Carmelo Anthony now elsewhere. It’s performances like this one that has fans giddy about this teams future.

Currently working his way back from a torn ACL, Porzingis has to prove he can return to All-Star form. If he can, we should expect to see stat lines like this one on a more frequent basis.