Spencer Dinwiddie hung a game-high 30 points on the New York Knicks, but the Brooklyn Nets starting point man didn't get them easy. Dinwiddie praised his Knicks counterpart Frank Ntilikina, who drew the start and made it tough for the 6-foot-5 floor general in a narrow 103-101 win to give the Nets their third straight victory.
“Frank is a phenomenal defender,” said Dinwiddie, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “He makes it as tough as the elite guys in the league: He’s in that class. I was able to shoot a lot of free throws, attack in transition. It’s not like I had 30 just on Frank. Frank did a great job, made me work all night. It was tough. He is a great defender.”
Dinwiddie was only 7-of-17 from the floor, but made the most of his chances at the foul line, burying 13 of his 14 attempts at the stripe, while also failing to commit a single turnover in 35 minutes of play.
The 26-year-old has been a shining presence since checking in for Kyrie Irving, now scoring 20 or more points in each of his last five starts; four of which have resulted in wins.
Ntilikina put up a tough fight with his size (also 6-foot-5), but Dinwiddie's technical savvy and feel for the game helped the Nets edge out the Knicks for the second time this season, now boasting wins at home and on the road against their inter-borough rivals.