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Marcus Morris' plan for stopping Kristaps Porzingis is to get physical


In the end it was Frank Ntilikina who emerges as the Knicks hero, stealing the show from Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks.


Much of this night was about Porzingis, who grew frustrated with the Knicks’ organization in his fourth season and was dealt for mostly cap space.


He drilled first two 3-point attempts Friday night, then alternated shots from long distance and in the post.


Getting under Porzingis worked for opponents when the Latvian was in New York, and Morris recognized that while playing the last few seasons in Detroit and Boston.


Morris’ old coach — the Celtics’ Brad Stevens — was successful sending physical guard Marcus Smart at Porzingis despite the 11-inch height difference.


But he missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 18 seconds left after Taj Gibson flubbed two free throws that would’ve put the game away.






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