Emmanuel Mudiay scored a season-high 27 points, rookie Allonzo Trier had a career-high 25, and the Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-109 on Friday night.
Trier made two free throws to put the Knicks ahead 104-103, and they held on to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Enes Kanter scored 17 for the Knicks and Noah Vonleh had 14.
Anthony Davis finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic added 19.
The Knicks had trailed 101-92 midway through the final quarter.
Mudiay’s steal and two free throws with 1:09 left gave the Knicks a 106-103 lead. Mirotic missed a 3-point attempt and Mudiay hit a driving layup with 34 seconds to play.
The Pelicans pulled to 111-109 on Davis’ uncontested dunk with 8.2 seconds left, but Mudiay hit another free throw and Tim Hardaway Jr. added two more for the final margin.
The Pelicans led by nine in the first quarter, but the Knicks scored the first seven points of the second to take their first lead since the opening basket. The Knicks then increased their advantage to 52-45 on Mudiay’s driving layup with 3:15 left.
Davis’ three-point play with 3.6 seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 60-59 lead at halftime. He had 24 points and 10 rebounds at the break.