Knicks cen­ter to skip trip, fear­ing as­sas­si­na­tion

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

New York cen­ter Enes Kan­ter will not travel to Lon­don for the Knicks’ up­com­ing in­ter­na­tional game be­cause he be­lieves he could be as­sas­si­nated for his op­po­si­tion to Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Kan­ter an­nounced his plan Fri­day night af­ter a 119-112 win over the Lak­ers. The Knicks later said Kan­ter also won’t make the trip be­cause of a visa is­sue.

New York will face Wash­ing­ton at The O2 arena in Lon­don on Jan. 17. He says he can’t travel any­where ex­cept the U.S. and Canada be­cause “there’s a chance I could get killed out there.”

High­lights

Nuggets 123, Hor­nets 110: Nikola Jo­kic scored a sea­son-high 39 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds, re­serve Paul Mill­sap added 18 and Western Con­fer­ence­lead­ing Den­ver knocked off Char­lotte for its 10th straight home vic­tory.

Jazz 110, Pis­tons 105: Dono­van Mitchell scored 24 of his 26 points in the sec­ond half, and Utah ral­lied from an 18-point, sec­ond-quar­ter deficit to win at De­troit. Blake Grif­fin scored 34 points for the Pis­tons. Pel­i­cans 133, Cava­liers 98: Jrue Hol­i­day and Julius Ran­dle both scored 22 points, and New Or­leans handed Cleve­land its ninth straight loss in a rout. The de­feat came a night af­ter Cava­liers coach Larry Drew and his play­ers held a lengthy meet­ing fol­low­ing a 26-point loss to Utah.

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