Knicks Vs. Hornets - Game Recap - March 23, 2022 - Espn



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- — RJ Barrett scored 30 fac tors and the New York Knicks made 20 three-tips to overcome Charlotte 121-106 on Wednesday night, snapping the Hornets’ five-sport winning streak.

Obi Toppin had 18 points and eleven rebounds, and Alec Burks chipped in with 17 points for the Knicks, who've gained 3 of five.

Playing without Julius Randle, who sat out with right quadriceps tendon pain, the Knicks confirmed no symptoms of fatigue on the second night time of a lower back-to-lower back, shooting 20 of 45 from past the arc in opposition to a Hornets group that turned into sluggish on closeouts.

“The critical thing for us is to play winning basketball, play the proper way, play tough and play unselfishly,” Knicks teach Tom Thibodeau said. “You can address a overlooked shot if it is the right shot. But we made some of plays tonight wherein a guy passed up an awesome shot and we ended up getting a higher shot — and that's prevailing basketball.”

LaMelo Ball had 32 points and 9 rebounds and Terry Rozier scored 18 points for the Hornets.

Charlotte had a threat to pull regardless of Brooklyn for the 8th spot within the Eastern Conference after the Nets misplaced at Memphis. But the Hornets by no means looked in sync and never held a lead.

New York opened a forty-24 lead within the first sector, shooting sixty eight.2% from the sphere while making 8 three-pointers — most on huge-open seems.

“We have a number of men who can get into the paint and some of men who can shoot it as properly,” Barrett stated. “So whilst we are able to get in there and agree with every other to make the proper performs, this is tough to guard.”

Said Hornets educate James Borrego: “We didn't come out with the aggressive mindset we wanted. ... Giving up forty points within the first quarter, that has to get cleaned up.”

New York entered the fourth quarter up 12 before Isaiah Thomas' three-pointer cut the result in 8 with 7:07 left, giving Charlotte a few momentum. But the Knicks stored their composure and Toppin supplied back-to-again dunks in the final two mins — one off a lob from Taj Gibson — to seal the victory.

Toppin become everywhere in the floor, flattening photographs, making key passes and grabbing essential rebounds. Thibodeau stated Toppin had “a top notch ground recreation.”

“Running the ground, transferring facet to facet, he shot it whilst he changed into open and made the more skip,” Thibodeau said.

Toppin referred to as it certainly one of New York's fine video games of the season. The Knicks trail Atlanta by 5 video games for the tenth spot inside the East with nine games final, but Toppin nonetheless has desire his crew can reach the postseason play-in games.

“It's amusing gambling that manner, being out there with a whole lot of joy and just sharing the basketball,” Toppin stated.

Evan Fournier set a Knicks single-season record for three-hints, breaking the mark of 218 held via John Starks. Fournier stated it is “bittersweet due to the fact I'm satisfied approximately it but on the identical time I want the crew to have extra fulfillment.”

Ball played the whole 0.33 region, scoring thirteen factors to offer him 32 at the night time. Borrego failed to go returned to his All-Star protect until five:56 remained in the game with the group trailing by way of 10. Ball didn't score again.

Borrego said the beginning of the fourth sector became Ball's “relaxation duration.”

Knicks: Seven gamers completed in double digits. ... New York's bench outscored Charlotte's 34-24.

Hornets: Their streak of consecutive video games with at the least 30 assists changed into snapped at 5. ... Charlotte completed with 26 assists and was 9 of 17 from the foul line.

Knicks: At Miami on Friday night time.

Hornets: Host Utah on Friday night.

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