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Free-spirit Michael Beasley becomes fan favorite at Madison Square Garden

From NBA media reports

They weren’t “MVP”-ing. They were “MVBeas”-ing.

The fans at Madison Square Garden could have been, anyway, considering the performance put on by NBA vagabond Michael Beasley in the New York Knicks’ victory over Boston Thursday.

And even if timing of Beasley’s play seemed like a fluke, it actually proved serendipitous in light of Kristaps Porzingis’ 0-11 shooting night, with New York’s big man scoring just one point and sitting out the last quarter-and-a-half. Here are details from Newsday’s beat man Al Iannazzone:

Beasley scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to spark the Knicks’ best victory of the season. He had 28 points in the last 16:25 of the game. It was a remarkable performance as Beasley proved to be unstoppable with his full offensive arsenal on display

He shot 11-for-15 in the second half and led the Knicks, who are still without Tim Hardaway Jr., to their most impressive victory of the season.

“I’m just out here doing what I got to do,” the ultra-confident Beasley said.

When he was asked when he started feeling he had the hot hand, Beasley said, “January 9th, 1989,” the day he was born

“I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need, scoring, rebounding, defense, trying my best. As humbly as I can say it I just feel every shot I shoot is going in. Every shot I miss I’m mad.”

Beasley, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2008 Draft behind Chicago’s Derrick Rose, has free-spirited his way through tours with six different NBA organizations, with two separate stints in Miami. No one around the league has quibbled with his talents, but his mental preparedness and his consistency have been stumbling blocks to longer, more fruitful stays. But the 28.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg he has averaged for the Knicks in the past three games will do for now.

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