ORLANDO, Fla. — Is there something called a “bad win?’’
The Knicks and Magic done ignomious NBA story by mixing for a league-worst 15 points in a second entertain on Saturday night. Then a Knicks harm their chances of finishing with a undisputed NBA-worst record — and a tip lottery seed — with an 80-79 feat during Amway Center.
The Knicks, who outscored a Magic 8-7 in a second entertain to set their possess defensive entertain record, built a 13-point third-quarter lead. They blew all of it, though hung on with Tim Hardaway’s Jr.’s electric play in a final stages to urge to 16-64.
With a Timberwolves, who entered Saturday with a 16-63 record, in full tank mode and personification in Golden State after that night, a chances of a dual clubs being tied for a misfortune record was really real.
“I don’t trust in perplexing to lose,’’ Knicks manager Derek Fisher said.
If a Knicks and Timberwolves are tied after Wednesday’s deteriorate finale, they would fundamentally separate a lottery contingency of a tip dual seeds. A silver flip would establish who gets a additional ping-pong ball, and some-more importantly, a nomination of No. 1 seed. The No. 1 seed can’t tumble serve than fourth. The second seed can tumble to fifth.
If a teams finish tied, any would roughly have a 23 percent possibility of winning a lottery. An undisputed No. 1 seed has a 25 percent chance.
The Knicks play in Atlanta on Monday and face Detroit during home on Wednesday to finish out. Minnesota finishes with home games opposite a Pelicans and Thunder, dual teams fighting for a final Western Conference playoff seed.
Knicks core Cole Aldrich finished with a career-high 19 points and 14 rebounds. … Hardaway finished with 13 points, shot 4 of 13, though scored 6 points in a final 1:34, including a game-sealing 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds left that pennyless a 77-77 tie. Hardaway and his friends distinguished as if they had won something, though it substantially wouldn’t seem that approach to many of their fans, who recently have been rooting for a tip seed.
Tobias Harris’ chances of apropos a Knick this summer decreased with Orlando ubiquitous manager Rob Hennigan’s matter this week he might compare any offer to keep a free-agent tiny brazen and Long Island native.
Hennigan roughly never speaks to a media, though according to a fasten of a discussion call with season-ticketholders, Hennigan pronounced he “intends’’ to keep Harris “no matter what.’’Harris plays roughly a same position as Carmelo Anthony, though is only 22.
Hennigan already offering Harris, who finished with 15 points Saturday, a agreement prolongation of 4 years, $36 million that he incited down in October. The Post has reported if a Dix Hills, L.I., local leaves Orlando, a Knicks would be his tip choice. But as a limited giveaway agent, Hennigan can compare any offer.
“I take it as a certain sign,’’ Harris told The Orlando Sentinel. “You have to take it as a positive.’’
If Hennigan had settled his intentions to a media, it would seem simply a approach to shock off associate GMs. But since of a environment in that he done a remark, he didn’t trust it would go public, according to a source.