Better days? The Knicks, meanwhile, are hoping Friday’s resilient performance in Los Angeles marks a turning point in their trying season.
The Lakers? They just hope LeBron James feels better very soon.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points as the Knicks snapped an eightgame losing streak. The Lakers dropped to 1-4 without James, sidelined for at least another week with a left groin strain. Los Angeles also played without second-leading scorer Kyle Kuzma, who has a bruised back.
The Knicks blew an early 17-point lead before rallying from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
“I think this is a confidence-booster,” said Trey Burke, who added 16 points in his most extensive playing time in 21⁄ weeks. “We’ve been in a lot of games, but it doesn’t matter when you don’t pull it out.”
No disrespect: Philadelphia coach Brett Brown denied a report that Jimmy Butler was disrespectful while questioning his role in the 76ers offense.
A report published on Friday said that Butler recently challenged Brown in a disrespectful way and wants to be utilized differently in the coach’s offensive scheme.
Brown dismissed the report before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” Brown said. “He’s vocal. He’s all in and he has opinions, but it’s instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He’s got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.” its 10th straight home victory. At 26-11, the Nuggets are off to their best NBA start in franchise history. This also marks the latest they’ve been in first place in the conference since March 16, 1977.