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Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 9 rebounds, and the Knicks defeated beat the Brooklyn Nets, 107-86, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden for their first victory of the season.
The rookie guard Frank Ntilikina scored his first N.B.A. points and finished with 9 as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.
They did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the league’s highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.
The Knicks blew the game open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a 3-point lead into a 72-50 cushion.
D’Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence to score 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.
They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot only 40.5 percent from the field.