Kristaps Porzingis insists his New York Knicks team must cut out the slow starts if they are to improve on their poor record away from Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have won just once on the road this regular season, a shock victory at last year's Eastern Conference finalists the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 29.
In contrast the Knicks' home win-loss record stands at 10-4, with a 29-point win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday last time out.
Kristaps Porzingis (centre) slaps hands with Courtney Lee (left) and Jarrett Jack (right)
And Porzingis believes New York's struggles on the road are down to them allowing teams to establish early leads against them and giving themselves too much to do late on in the fourth quarter.
'I would simply say that when we're down and we don't score then we don't get the same energy compared to when we do score,' said Porzingis.
'It's a lot of little things and obviously we want to get the crowd involved and if we don't do that it feels like we're playing uphill. It's hard to get that energy back later in the fourth, by that time it's a little too late.'
'Then it’s 20-22 points or something like that, it’s very hard to come back,' he added. 'We’re up against very good teams every night and it’s hard to come back form that deficit, although sometimes we got really close.
Porzingis is leading the New York Knicks in points and blocks per game in his third NBA season
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