NEW YORK — — Julius Randle had 23 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and the New York Knicks scored a season-high of their 129-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
R.J. Barrett scored 24 factors, Jalen Brunson had 23 factors and Immanuel Quickley had 17 factors. The Knicks shot a season-high 54% from the sphere to win their third straight sport.
“We’re taking part in higher basketball,” Randle mentioned. “It’s nonetheless super-early within the season, so we’ve received to maintain constructing to the place we wish to be at.”
LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 32 factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists, Mark Williams had 10 factors and Brandon Miller had 11 factors on 5-of-6 taking pictures earlier than exiting with an ankle damage in the course of the second quarter.
“It’ll be, I believe, extra day after day,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford mentioned about Miller, including that he is hopeful he might be wholesome sufficient to play within the crew’s subsequent sport Tuesday.
The Hornets misplaced for the sixth time of their previous eight video games and fell to 1/3 with out main scorer Terry Rozier, who missed his fourth straight sport because of a groin pressure.
The Knicks, who entered play ranked second within the NBA in points-against per sport (102.8), put the clamps down on the Hornets after Miller exited. New York pressured 12 turnovers that led to twenty factors and restricted the high-octane Hornets, who rank seventh in factors per sport (117.2), to 46.8% taking pictures.
New York additionally took benefit of the porous Charlotte protection, which is second-worst within the NBA in points-against per sport (122.4). The Knicks outscored Charlotte 24-11 over the primary 6:08 of the third quarter, turning their 10-point halftime benefit to an 88-65 lead, and led by as many as 28 within the fourth quarter.
“We had a lot of guys who made very unselfish performs after which we received going defensively somewhat bit,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “And that received us some straightforward scoring alternatives, and we’d like these.”
New York led 64-54 at halftime and surpassed 60 first-half factors for the second straight sport and the third time this season. The Knicks made 14 of 21 discipline targets between the primary and second quarters, constructing a 16-point lead.
“We simply performed exhausting from the start,” Barrett mentioned. “They had been somewhat undermanned, and in a 12 o’clock sport, whoever comes out proper from the start of the sport goes to win the sport, so we had been ready to do this.”
5 Knicks scored in double-figures within the first half, led by Brunson’s 15 factors. Randle scored the sport’s first 5 factors and closed the primary half with 10, and Quickley had 12 factors, together with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that capped a 7-0 run to shut the primary quarter.
Charlotte: Hosts Miami on Tuesday.
New York: Visits Boston on Monday.
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