MILWAUKEE — Derrick Williams scored 24 points, 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis had 16 in his NBA debut, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 122-97 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team.
Williams got easy looks under the basket to help New York open a 12-point halftime lead. The reserve forward started the fourth quarter with a dunk off an alley-oop pass from rookie Jerian Grant that made it 92-73.
The Knicks are hoping a revamped roster surrounding star Carmelo Anthony will help them rebound from a dreary 65-loss season. For one night at least, they got off to a nice start against one of the league's up-and-coming teams.