Despite an offensive slump, head coach Jeff Hornacek decided to stick with Michael Beasley in the starting lineup because of his defense.

Beasley had just six points in a 3-for-9 shooting night, but Hornacek didn't lose hope on the veteran forward. After taking him out in the third quarter with 5:19 left, he put him back in during the Knicks' fourth-quarter run that saw them tie the game up.

"If you worry about scoring, you try to get it going defensively," Hornacek told The Post's Marc Berman. "I thought in the fourth quarter he was helping out. They had him for one block but he altered shots from behind. That's the kind of effort and it will translate to the offensive end."

Beasley has been in place for the injured Kristaps Porzingis, and after an offensive surge in the first half of the season, he has since cooled off with just seven points averaged over the past five games since the All-Star break.