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Porzingis, Towns named Kia Rookies of Month for January

POSTED: Feb 2, 2016 3:57 PM ET

Official release


Kristaps Porzingis ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (15.3) and second in rebounding (7.2) in January.

— The New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January. Each player earned the honor for the third consecutive month.

Porzingis ranked fourth among all first-year players in scoring (15.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) in January. He also tied Towns for the rookie lead in blocked shots (1.63 bpg) and paced the East's first-year players in three-point field goal percentage (37.5). Porzingis posted four point-rebound double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound performance in a 100-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 8. He scored at least 12 points in 13 straight games from Jan. 3-26.

Towns was the only first-year player to average a double-double in January, with 16.9 points (third among all rookies) and 10.9 rebounds (tops among all rookies), and he shot 53.5 percent from the field and 87.2 percent from the free throw line. In the final seven games of the month, Towns recorded six double-doubles and averaged 22.7 points and 12.6 rebounds. On Jan. 20, Towns finished with 27 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks in a 106-94 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, becoming the only NBA player to reach those totals in a game this season.

Here is a recap of the month for Porzingis and Towns:

Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Jan. 8 @ San Antonio: Scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 100-99 loss to the Spurs.
Jan. 12 vs. Boston: Finished with 26 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 120-114 victory against the Celtics.
Jan. 18 vs. Philadelphia: Contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 119-113 win over the 76ers in double overtime.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

Jan. 20 @ Dallas: Posted 27 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks and three assists in a 106-94 loss to the Mavs.
Jan. 23 vs. Memphis: Shot 6-of-6 from the field en route to 14 points and added nine rebounds and three assists in a 106-101 win over the Grizzlies.
Jan. 29 @ Utah: Scored a career-high 32 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and recorded 12 rebounds in a 103-90 loss to the Jazz.