Marcus Morris sank a clutch three pointer with 13 seconds left to lift the New York Knicks to a 106-103 win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks yesterday.
Porzingis, the former face of the New York Knicks, received a rude New York welcome in his first game back in the Big Apple.
Knicks fans screamed "Go back to Latvia" and "Traitor" at the 24-year-old in his first appearance at Madison Square Garden since being traded in February.
The Latvian finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Luca Doncic, of Slovenia, tallied his fifth triple double of the season with 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
But it wasn't enough to stop the Knicks, who won for just the third time in 12 games this season, with two of those victories at the expense of the Mavericks.
Earlier, former Knicks player Carmelo Anthony, who hasn't played in over a year since being dumped by the Houston Rockets, has signed a contract with the last place Portland Trail Blazers.
The 35-year-old Anthony last played on November 8, 2018 when he shot just one of 11 from the floor and scored two points in the Rockets' 98-80 loss to Oklahoma City.
Anthony started just two games and played parts of eight other contests with Houston before being cut and eventually traded to the Chicago Bulls in January 2019.
Anthony never played a game for the Bulls, who waived him through the league a month later.
Elsewhere, rookie Kendrick Nunn had 23 points and eight assists as the visiting Miami Heat held on for a 108-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Heat, who have won six of their past eight games, improved to 8-3 on the season.
Miami's Bam Adebayo collected 16 points and 15 rebounds, and rookie Tyler Herro scored 16 points in his return from a one-game absence caused by a sprained ankle.
Also, Jrue Holiday scored 36 points to spoil Paul George's season debut and lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 132-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
George was playing for the first time since signing as a free agent with the Clippers because he'd been recovering from shoulder surgery last spring.
George finished with 33 points in 24 minutes but turned the ball over three times late in the game to Holiday.
Holiday finished with six steals, including another one on Lou Williams' attempted pass in the final seconds to clinch the win.*AFP
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