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Kristaps Porzingis, Enes Kanter sit out Saturday with back ailments

NBA.com staff reports

New York Knicks frontcourt starters Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) and Enes Kanter (back spasms) missed Saturday’s 117-102 loss against the Rockets due to injuries.

Kanter sat out for the second consecutive game and was replaced in the starting lineup by Kyle O’Quinn, who recorded 20 points and 15 rebounds. Michael Beasley started in place of Porzingis and scored a season-high 30 points.

The Knicks dropped their second straight game, playing on a back-to-back after a disappointing loss in Atlanta on Friday. Their next game is Monday vs. Portland at Madison Square Garden.

The status of Porzingis and Kanter against the Trail Blazers is currently unknown.

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