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Charlotte Hornets at New York Knicks

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3-6, 2-3 Away
Final
107 - 129

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Knicks record season-highs in points, shooting percentage in 129-107 win over Hornets

Knicks cruise in home win over Hornets

R.J. Barrett scored 24 points, Jalen Brunson had 23 points and Immanuel Quickley had 17 points. The Knicks shot a season-high 54% from the field to win their third straight game.

“We’re playing better basketball,” Randle said. “It’s still super-early in the season, so we’ve got to keep building to where we want to be at.”

LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Mark Williams had 10 points and Brandon Miller had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting before exiting with an ankle injury during the second quarter.

“It’ll be, I think, more day to day,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said about Miller, adding that he's hopeful he will be healthy enough to play in the team's next game Tuesday.

The Hornets lost for the sixth time in their past eight games and fell to 1/3 without leading scorer Terry Rozier, who missed his fourth straight game due to a groin strain.

The Knicks, who entered play ranked second in the NBA in points-against per game (102.8), put the clamps down on the Hornets after Miller exited. New York forced 12 turnovers that led to 20 points and limited the high-octane Hornets, who rank seventh in points per game (117.2), to 46.8% shooting.

New York also took advantage of the porous Charlotte defense, which is second-worst in the NBA in points-against per game (122.4). The Knicks outscored Charlotte 24-11 over the first 6:08 of the third quarter, turning their 10-point halftime advantage to an 88-65 lead, and led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter.

“We had a number of guys who made very unselfish plays and then we got going defensively a little bit,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “And that got us some easy scoring opportunities, and we need those.”

New York led 64-54 at halftime and surpassed 60 first-half points for the second straight game and the third time this season. The Knicks made 14 of 21 field goals between the first and second quarters, building a 16-point lead.

“We just played hard from the beginning,” Barrett said. “They were a little undermanned, and in a 12 o’clock game, whoever comes out right from the beginning of the game is going to win the game, so we were able to do that.”

Five Knicks scored in double-figures in the first half, led by Brunson’s 15 points. Randle scored the game’s first five points and closed the first half with 10, and Quickley had 12 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that capped a 7-0 run to close the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Charlotte: Hosts Miami on Tuesday.

New York: Visits Boston on Monday.

Regular Season Series

NY leads series 1-0

Matchup Prediction

Knicks: 78.4%
Hornets: 21.6%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 107 - 129
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 107 - 129
4th 0.0 (00:00) [Hornets] REF-INITIATED REVIEW (REPLAY SUPPORTS CALL) 107 - 129
4th 0.0 Amari Bailey makes 21-foot step back jumpshot 107 - 129
4th 3.0 Amari Bailey offensive rebound 105 - 129

Statistics

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44-94 FG 47-87
46.8 Field Goal % 54.0
12-35 3PT 15-36
34.3 Three Point % 41.7
7-11 FT 20-30
63.6 Free Throw % 66.7
36 Rebounds 40
15 Offensive Rebounds 10
21 Defensive Rebounds 30
21 Assists 25
5 Steals 8
4 Blocks 4
12 Turnovers 9
0 Team Turnovers 0
12 Total Turnovers 9
2 Technical Fouls 0
2 Total Technical Fouls 0
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
20 Points Off Turnovers 10
8 Fast Break Points 22
56 Points in Paint 62
25 Fouls 18
1 Largest Lead 29

Game Information

Madison Square Garden

Location: New York, NY
Attendance: 19,812 · Capacity:

2023-24 Southeast Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Miami 30 25 .545 - W2
Orlando 30 25 .545 - W1
Atlanta 24 31 .436 6 L2
Charlotte 13 41 .241 16.5 W3
Washington 9 45 .167 20.5 L8

2023-24 Atlantic Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Boston - 12 W6 0.7818182 43
New York 10 22 L4 0.6 33
Philadelphia 10.5 22 L1 0.5925926 32
Brooklyn 21.5 33 L2 0.3888889 21
Toronto 24 36 L3 0.34545454 19
Full Standings

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