But Houston isn't one of the NBA's best teams due to their defense. Porzingis' unique nickname, The Unicorn, matches his unique abilities on the court. Saturday's defeat was the Knicks' fourth when leading by at least 17 points. But all Jeff Hornacek could ask from his team in its current state was "just play hard, play together".
Beasley scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half, Kyle O'Quinn added 20 points and Courtney Lee 17. "Everybody has to step it up in cases like this". Consider Beasley was mostly out of rotation for the past few weeks.
If Joakim Noah were healthy, he would likely be active for the first time this season. Beasley played under seven minutes in four other games.
They jumped all over Houston, running out to a 21-3 lead. The Knicks, who blew a 17-point lead Friday in Atlanta, fell to 10-9.
But the Knicks were outscored 22-10 over the last 4:04 as Houston trimmed the deficit to 39-29. Chris Paul delivered 13 assists and six points for the Rockets (15-4).
Beasley continued to carry the scoring load in the second quarter. And at the 2:16 mark in the second, Houston took its first lead of the night. The Knicks led 61-58 at halftime. "It's tough to play centers against the Rockets anyway the way they play", Hornacek said.
The Rockets beat the Knicks for the 24th time in the last 26 meetings 24, and recorded their 11th season sweep over the last 13 years. Al appeared regularly on the YES Network's Nets pregame show in 2005-11.