Knicks Daily Links: Wednesday

Carmelo exits with ankle injury but Grant lifts Knicks to win in thriller: Jerian Grant saved his first heroic moment of his NBA career for the exactly the right night. Carmelo Anthony went down with a sprained right ankle and missed the second half. Kristaps Porzingis fouled out. -- New York Post

How Kristaps Porzingis’ rising popularity is helping Latvia: The beaches are nice but Latvia never has been known as a giant tourist destination. Yet the Baltic country, once part of the USSR, is getting loads of publicity in New York because of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks’ sensational rookie-of-the-year candidate. -- New York Post

Jerian Grant finally shows why Phil Jackson traded for him: The rookie point guard needed an assist. On his best night as a Knick, Jerian Grant needed help to button the top button of his shirt as he wanted to look his best after the game. A Knicks official gave the needed assist and Grant was off and running. -- New York Post

Knicks hold on for 120-114 win over Celtics: Carmelo Anthony inadvertently tripped over a referee on Tuesday night and spent the last 23 minutes in the locker room. Kristaps Porzingis couldn’t avoid the refs either as foul trouble kept him on the bench for all but eight minutes in the second half. -- New York Daily News

Nets need big name free agent, but Knicks suddenly more attractive for free agents: The billboard of Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov that loomed over Madison Square Garden five years ago, the one that had James Dolan stark raving mad, has been painted over a few dozen times. -- New York Daily News

Knicks lose Carmelo, Porzingis late, but beat Celtics: Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis had the Garden buzzing with a dizzying shooting display at the start of the game. But the building went silent just before halftime. -- Newsday

Confident Grant flourishes with best game as pro: Jerian Grant received a huge confidence boost when Derek Fisher let him finish Tuesday night’s game. The rookie guard rewarded his coach by giving the Knicks a needed boost to get the win. -- Newsday

Knicks Top Celtics Despite an Injury: One of the finest stretches of play that Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis have produced together this season crashed to a halt late in the first half on Tuesday night, when Anthony stepped on the foot of a referee and tumbled hazardously to the floor. -- The New York Times