Porzingis has another encouraging game in Vegas

The New York Knicks topped the Los Angeles Lakers 77-66 on Monday night to improve to 2-0 in Las Vegas Summer League play.

Here are a few observations from the game:

Another solid performance from Zinger: Rookie Kristaps Porzingis finished with nine points, three rebounds and a block in 18 minutes against the Lakers. He got to the free-throw line seven times -- an encouraging development -- but made just three.

In spots, Porzingis was able to establish strong post position. This is something that many thought the rookie would struggle with because of his slight 230-pound frame. He may have a tough time with this against NBA rotation players, but the Knicks should be content with what they've seen thus far.

Porzingis again showed a nice touch around the basket and moved well without the ball, setting screens and cutting well.

He also moved his feet well on the defensive end. He had a strong challenge at the rim on a Jordan Clarkson drive late in the fourth quarter but also was overpowered by Julius Randle on a move in the paint in the fourth.

Phil Jackson seemed to be encouraged by Porzingis' play.

"He's really interesting to watch and the growth is going to be interesting to see," Jackson said. "It looks like he can hold his own a little bit out there. I think he's going to find a comfort zone."

In his Vegas Summer League debut on Saturday, Porzingis scored 12 points on 3-for-5 shooting and made six of seven free throws. He had three rebounds and two blocks.

Good night for Grant: Jerian Grant had a strong floor game against D'Angelo Russell and the Lakers. Grant finished with 10 points, eight assists and four steals. He shot 3-of-8 from the floor and knocked down his only 3-point attempt. Grant also helped limit Russell, the No. 2 overall pick, to eight points on 3-for-7 shooting. Russell had eight turnovers and just one assist. ... Cleanthony Early was active against Los Angeles. He led the Knicks with 13 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes. Alex Kirk had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Ricky Ledo, two players battling for spots on the regular-season roster, each had four points.

Triangle adjustments? The summer league Knicks seem to be getting into their triangle sets much more quickly than the Knicks did in the 2014-15 regular season. Maybe this is a result of some players being familiar with the system. The Knicks also haven't run the triangle on every possession in summer league. They're running sets that feature more screen and roll and don't originate from the triangle's basic early-possession formation.

Last season, as noted here, the Knicks began to run pick and roll more frequently as the season progress. What we're seeing in summer league may be a continuation of that trend.

ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.