Kristaps Porzingis’s 30 Points Help Knicks Top Pelicans and End Skid

Jack’s play completed a comeback from an 8-point deficit in the final three minutes.

Holiday opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-point play that started an 8-0 run the Pelicans, giving them an 86-79 lead.

Frank Ntilikina’s jumper ended the Knicks drought and started an 8-2 run that got them within 88-87 midway through the fourth.

“We missed a lot of open shots in the beginning of the fourth quarter, must have had five or six in a row we couldn’t make and at the end we got down by eight,” Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “The team kept their poise and they made the plays. They didn’t try to do anything they were incapable of doing.”

The Knicks (18-18) were ahead by 11 at halftime, but Davis led a surge in the third quarter. He scored 14 points, including 7 straight, as the Pelicans got within 75-71.

Holiday’s 3-pointer helped cut the Pelicans’ deficit to a point, at 79-78 after three quarters.

Beasley scored 11 points as the Knicks’ bench outscored the Pelicans’ bench, 23-8, in the second quarter. Over all, the Knicks reserves outscored the Pelicans’ backups, 42-10.

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