How It Happened:
A rare scheduling quirk led to the Knicks and Hornets squaring off in back-to-back games. The two teams didn’t disappoint and they delivered consecutive contests that went down the wire. On Friday, New York captured an overtime win after Carmelo Anthony sunk a game-sealing midrange jumper. Charlotte bounced back quickly in its home building on Saturday with a 38-point first quarter and a lead that ballooned to 21 points.
Fast forward to the third quarter where the massive Hornets advantage was completely erased. Late in the period, Anthony connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game at 71-71. In the fourth period, Anthony buried another bucket to hand New York its first lead of the game with 7:29 remaining in the contest. After a Kristaps Porzingis impressive And-1 to the game again, the Knicks could not close the game and seize the control. Charlotte managed to escape the comeback bid while evening the season series at 1-1 with the 107-102 victory. Jeremy Lamb earned the starting nod after receiving a DNP in Friday’s game. The shooting guard scored 18 points and grabbed 17 boards while Kemba Walker posted a game-high 28 points in the win.
Knick of the Night:
Brandon Jennings did not finish as the Knicks high-scorer but he was the catalyst that got New York back in this game. The point guard harassed the Hornets guards and ended up scoring 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor in 25 minutes. He also dished four assists and grabbed four boards.
Porzingis finished with 25 points in 37 minutes of action. New York’s power forward was efficient (7-16 FG / 9-11 FT) in the defeat.
News and Notes:
Nicolas Batum was sidelined on Saturday night due to a corneal abrasion and Marvin Williams did not dress with a hyperextended knee.
The Hornets attempted 42 free throws compared to New York’s 20.
The Knicks will head back to New York on Saturday night and receive a day off following the back-to-back contests.