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New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets

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8-5, 5-3 Away
Final
122 - 108

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Jalen Brunson scores 32 points, leads Knicks past Hornets for 3rd straight victory

Donte DiVincenzo drops a career-high 25 points vs. Hornets

Brunson scored 26 points in the opening half for the Knicks, who built a 15-point lead by the intermission on the way to their sixth win in seven games.

“I think we’re on our way,” Brunson said. “There’s still a lot of work to do. We’re 13 games in. We’re in a good stretch and we’ve just got to build off of it.”

Donte DiVincenzo added a career-high 25 points, Julius Randle scored 21 points, R.J. Barrett finished with 15 points and Mitchell Robinson had a game-high 14 rebounds for New York. Barrett had missed the previous three games with migraine headaches.

LaMelo Ball led all scorers with 34 points for Charlotte, which lost its fourth straight game. Rookie Brandon Miller had a career-high 29 points and Miles Bridges 19.

New York didn’t trail at any time during the current weekend two-game sweep that includes Friday’s 120-99 at Washington.

“I don’t get wrapped up in six of seven or however many in a row or whatever that might be because each game is different,” New York head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You have to put in the work to win that game. So to lock in to that particular game is the most important thing so we can build the right habits.

”(But) the wins are important and hopefully we’re learning."

After leading 30-19 after the first quarter, New York took a game-high 15-point lead three times in the second quarter — the last at 47-32 — before Charlotte whittled the lead to single digits.

Ball hit two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter that pulled the Hornets within 94-88 with 9:37 left. New York countered with a 15-6 run over the next 5 1/2 minutes, led by Barrett and DiVincenzo, that quelled any hopes Charlotte had of a comeback.

“I think the root of this game was just getting back on defense,” Miller said. “I think we kind of struggled maintaining our man in transition. I think that’s just an effort thing with us, something we’ve got to clean up going into the game against Boston.”

Baron Davis, a player who played for both teams during a 13-year career, was honored at halftime as a “Hornets Legend,” part of Charlotte’s 35-year anniversary of NBA basketball.

A first-round pick of Charlotte in 1999, Davis was a two-time NBA All-Star during his six-year career with the Hornets/New Orleans Pelicans; Charlotte moved to New Orleans after the 2001-02 season. Davis later played for the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Knicks.

UP NEXT

Knicks: At Minnesota on Monday.

Hornets: Host Boston on Monday

Regular Season Series

NY leads series 2-0

Matchup Prediction

Hornets: 33.7%
Knicks: 66.3%
*According to ESPN's Basketball Power Index

Recent Plays

4th 0.0 End of Game 122 - 108
4th 0.0 End of the 4th Quarter 122 - 108
4th 17.0 Julius Randle defensive rebound 122 - 108
4th 19.0 P.J. Washington misses 25-foot three point jumper 122 - 108
4th 28.2 Jalen Brunson makes driving layup 122 - 108

Statistics

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46-91 FG 40-82
50.5 Field Goal % 48.8
16-37 3PT 17-35
43.2 Three Point % 48.6
14-19 FT 11-13
73.7 Free Throw % 84.6
47 Rebounds 36
13 Offensive Rebounds 4
34 Defensive Rebounds 32
27 Assists 29
7 Steals 5
4 Blocks 5
12 Turnovers 13
0 Team Turnovers 0
12 Total Turnovers 13
0 Technical Fouls 2
0 Total Technical Fouls 2
0 Flagrant Fouls 0
14 Points Off Turnovers 16
10 Fast Break Points 22
48 Points in Paint 36
13 Fouls 22
18 Largest Lead 0

Game Information

Spectrum Center

Location: Charlotte, NC
Attendance: 19,171 · Capacity:

2023-24 Atlantic Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 43 12 .782 - W6
New York 33 22 .600 10 L4
Philadelphia 32 22 .593 10.5 L1
Brooklyn 21 33 .389 21.5 L2
Toronto 19 36 .345 24 L3

2023-24 Southeast Standings

TEAM W L PCT GB STRK
Miami - 25 W2 0.54545456 30
Orlando - 25 W1 0.54545456 30
Atlanta 6 31 L2 0.43636364 24
Charlotte 16.5 41 W3 0.24074075 13
Washington 20.5 45 L8 0.16666667 9
Full Standings

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