Knicks' Michael Beasley starting in place of Kristaps Porzingis on Saturday

Knicks' Michael Beasley starting in place of Kristaps Porzingis on Saturday

Paul only had six points on 2-of-12 shooting against NY, but he also raked in 13 assists and two steals.

Kanter missed 10 games last season due to a fractured forearm he suffered after punching a chair on the sidelines during a game against the Dallas Mavericks. He entered Saturday fourth in the National Basketball Association at 27.3 points per game.

Beasley and Courtney Lee were instrumental in the Knicks' first-quarter blitz, combining for 32 points on 13-for-16 shooting as NY dashed to a 29-7 lead on the fourth consecutive Beasley basket with 4:36 left in the first.

Whether you think Kristaps Porzingis was playing in the shadow of or alongside Carmelo Anthony, he is clearly now the leading man in an underdog story just steps from Broadway. But the Knicks led by three at the half. Kyle O'Quinn started at center and finished with two points, six rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Beasley had a season-high 30 points, while O'Quinn had his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. They were 1-for-10 in the second half.

If Joakim Noah were healthy, he would likely be active for the first time this season. Boston (18-3) outscored IN 37-16 IN the third quarter to turn a nine-point deficit into an 82-70 lead entering the final quarter.

Harden tallied 14 points in the third period, taking the baton from Trevor Ariza to steer the Rockets (15-4) to a 24-point advantage in the quarter.

Trail Blazers 108, Wizards 105: C.J. McCollum scored 26 points, including seven straight during a 10-0 game-closing run, and Portland overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Jazz 121, Bucks 108: Donovan Mitchell had 24 points to lead Utah past Milwaukee.

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