If the New York Knicks' Summer League opener is any indication of the season to come, things might not be so bad after all. In a much-anticipated NBA debut, 4th overall pick Kristaps Porzingis showed promising signs for the team's future.
In only 18 minutes, Porzingis notched 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and made 6-of-7 attempts from the free throw line. The 7-foot 3-inch forward from Latvia went to the locker room in the second quarter with a right hip injury, but returned less than five minutes later.
Second-year guard Cleanthony Early, who played a growing role for the Knicks last season, had a team-high 18 points and three assists for the Knicks, and also grabbed five rebounds.
San Antonio's Kyle Anderson led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Teammate Jonathan Simmons added 15 points and six rebounds.
Down 76-73 with six seconds to play, Spurs swingman Jarrell Eddie rimmed out an open 3-pointer to tie the game.
New York (1-0) returns to action Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers at 8 p.m. ET. San Antonio (0-1) faces the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday at 6 p.m.