Kristaps Porzingis, the likable multilingual multi-talented Knicks rookie, scored 29 points and grabbed 11 boards in a 102-94 Knicks home win against the Charlotte Hornets. The 7’3″ Latvian who keeps impressing on and off the court with his maturity and readiness, heard chants from the Garden crowd — “Por-Zingis! Por-Zingis!” The towering center demonstrated a variety of moves — a Hakeem the Dream shake step along the baseline for a jumper, a little lefty hook that looked too easy, and strong offensive glass play.
Carmelo Anthony, who also grabbed 11 boards to go with 18 points, was all smiles watching his new big man go to work. Porzingis shot 100% from 3-points and 100 % from the free throw line. Porzingis was so good that this may have been the first time Knicks legend Patrick Ewing was in the building — he’s an assistant coach at Charlotte — that Knicks fans didn’t have to long for the days when they had one of the league’s top centers.