After two straight high-level victories over the Heat and Celtics to run their win streak to 9, you figured the Knicks had been a protected wager to win a tenth straight towards the lowly Charlotte Hornets at residence on Tuesday.
Think once more.
Indeed, New York’s win streak has ended at 9 because the hapless Hornets, with out LaMelo Ball no much less, got here out with a 112-105 victory within the Garden. That the Knicks held a 16-point halftime lead, after a monster 45-point second quarter, makes this that rather more of a bitter tablet to swallow.
With the loss, the Knicks fall right into a tie within the loss column with the No. 6 Nets, two again of the No. 4 Cavaliers in a decent race for Eastern Conference playoff positioning.
Julius Randle, who has been taking pictures the lights out for the reason that All-Star break, made simply two of his 9 3-pointers and 5 of 17 total for 16 factors, his lowest scoring output since mid-January.
Immanuel Quickley, contemporary off what was in all probability the most effective recreation of his profession with 38 factors in 55 minutes towards the Celtics, additionally struggled, ending with 14 factors on 3 of 10 from deep.
Jalen Brunson was once more out with foot soreness. Tom Thibodeau mentioned Brunson is getting higher however is not able to get again in motion but.
The Knicks will look to get again on monitor at Sacramento for a nationally televised recreation on Thursday,
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