Knicks Beat Dallas as the Garden Crowd Jeers Kristaps Porzingis

Marcus Morris made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining to delight a Madison Square Garden crowd that booed Kristaps Porzingis all night, and the Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks, 106-103, on Thursday.

Porzingis, who was traded from the Knicks to the Mavericks in January, finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in his first game at Madison Square Garden as a visitor.

After that game, Knicks President Steve Mills and General Manager Scott Perry held a news conference to express their disappointment with the team’s start.

The Knicks were much better on Thursday, perhaps fueled by a crowd that treated Porzingis as rudely as it had any opponent at Madison Square Garden in recent years.

Porzingis looked rattled at the beginning of Thursday’s game and then confused in the middle, appearing to walk toward the wrong tunnel at halftime before stopping and turning to exit in the opposite direction.

He couldn’t silence the early boos with a basket, missing his first four shots before finally getting a field goal on a tip-in about four minutes into the second quarter.

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