Kemba Walker Comes Home to Lead the Hornets Past the Knicks
HORNETS 119, KNICKS 107
Kemba Walker scored 25 points in his return to his native New York, and Jeremy Lamb added 19 as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Knicks, 119-107, on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Tony Parker scored 16 points, Marvin Williams had 13 and Cody Zeller finished with 12 as Charlotte led by as many as 28 points in a game it never trailed.
“We knew they played last night,” Walker said. “We wanted to come out really aggressive on both ends of the floor, and it worked out for us. We wanted to jump on them.”
The rookie Kevin Knox tied a season high with 26 points and set a career high with 15 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fourth in a row. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points. Allonzo Trier, who strained his left hamstring in Saturday’s loss to the Nets, did not play.
“I just wanted to make sure I gave everything I had in the tank, leave it all out on the floor,” Knox said.
Lamb’s layup with 8 minutes 50 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Hornets their biggest lead, 77-49.
The Knicks pulled to 18 behind on Knox’s 3-pointer before Walker’s long 3 pushed the lead to 99-78 heading to the fourth.
The Knicks opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run to pull to 14 behind on Frank Ntilikina’s jumper with 10:47 remaining. But the Hornets scored the next 12 points to put the game out of reach.
“Once we settled into the game, the ball was moving, shots were going down, we were getting stops,” Hornets Coach James Borrego said.
During that run, Ntilikina, who finished with 18 points — all in the second half — fouled out with nine minutes left and Knicks Coach David Fizdale was given two technical fouls and ejected with 8:33 remaining.
Zeller scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Hornets opened up a pair of seven-point leads. Parker came off the bench to score eight and Charlotte led, 27-24, after the first 12 minutes.
The Hornets opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run, but the Knicks responded by scoring the next six points to pull to 34-30. The Hornets followed with an 18-4 stretch to take an 18-point lead.
The Knicks closed to 10 behind by scoring the next eight points, but the Hornets went on to lead, 61-47, at halftime.