NBA: Hornets end Knicks’ 9-game winning streak

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FILE – Kelly Oubre Jr. #12 of the Charlotte Hornets celebrates shooting with Mark Williams #5 of the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 7, 2023 in New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 27 points and hit the crucial 3-pointer in the last minute as the visiting Charlotte Hornets ended the New York Knicks’ nine-game winning streak with a 112-105 win on Tuesday night.

Terry Rozier had 25 points and Gordon Hayward scored 23 for the Hornets. PJ Washington’s 13 points were also increased as Charlotte won for the first time in four games since losing point guard LaMelo Ball to a season-end ankle injury.

RJ Barrett scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half for the Knicks, which were disappointed after Sunday night’s win in Boston. Julius Randle scored 16 points, but he mostly struggled, shooting 5 to 17 from the field.

Immanuel Quickley and Mitchell Robinson both brought home 14 points for New York, while teammate Quentin Grimes had 12.

Hayward’s three-point play with 2:59 remaining gave the Hornets a 103-100 lead. Oubre’s third 3-pointer in the game opened a 5-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Charlotte won despite receiving only 17 points from the reserve team. Oubre shot 10 to 17 from the floor.

New York scored the first six points of the fourth inning, while the Hornets were without a point for nearly four minutes of the inning.

But the Knicks couldn’t take much of a lead and the 97-89 score was cut. New York ended up shooting 42.7 percent from the field.

The teams drew 21-21 in the first half before the Knicks scored 45 points in the second half to take a 66-50 lead at halftime. Barrett had 17 points after the break.

But the Hornets showed some bravery and actually took a short lead towards the end of the third quarter. The Knicks struggled as they scored just two points in a span of almost five minutes.

New York beat Charlotte in the first two meetings of the season.


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