Knicks dominate Hornets in 129-107 victory
In a Sunday noon showdown at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks showcased a dominating performance, securing a solid 129-108 win against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Knicks’ offensive juggernaut was led by the dynamic trio of RJ Barrett, Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson. Barrett, showcasing his scoring versatility, contributed 24 points in a variety of ways — be it jump shots, layups, or dunks. Shooting an efficient 9-of-16 from the field, including a remarkable 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, Barrett’s 31 minutes on the court exuded confidence and impact.
Randle set the tone early with the first 5 points and continued to anchor the offense. Coming off an ankle injury last season, he looked in excellent form, dropping 23 points along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. His focused offensive approach was a key factor in the Knicks’ lead.
Brunson added 20 points, thus the trio scored 20 points or more for the second time in a row and for the third time in the last four games.
The bench also made significant contributions, with Immanuel Quickley providing a spark with 17 points and 9 assists. Quickley’s 12 first-half points, including two crucial threes in the second quarter, helped maintain a comfortable distance from the Hornets.
The Knicks entered the second half with a 64-54 lead, a testament to their first-half scoring clinic. Despite the Hornets trailing by just 10 points at halftime, their defense completely collapsed after the break. The Knicks capitalized on defensive lapses, maintaining an offensive rhythm that Charlotte struggled to contain.
Even with LaMelo Ball’s 32-point effort and contributions from Nick Richards and Brandon Miller with 16 and 11 points, respectively, the Hornets found no answer to the Knicks’ offensive onslaught.
Josh Hart‘s spectacular one-foot dunk with 3:41 left in the game encapsulated the Knicks’ dominance, establishing their largest lead at 124-95. The collective efforts of the team resulted in a convincing victory.
As the Knicks shot an impressive 54% from the field compared to the Hornets’ 47%, who played without their leading scorer, Terry Rozier, who missed his fourth consecutive game because of a groin strain.
Up-next: The Knicks (5-4) will go on a five game road trip that starts tonight at 7:30 pm in Boston against the Celtics (7-2.)