Barrett’s foul and the Knicks defense changed the game after the Hornets scored 66 points in the first half. New York kept Charlotte just 31 after the break.
Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley, who each scored 17 points from the bench for the Knicks, who finished fifth in the Eastern Conference. They carry the longest streak of wins since winning eight in a row in March 2014 on Wednesday’s match against fourth-ranked Atlanta.
Coach Tom Thibodeau warned his team could not lose focus.
“It is important for us not to get lost. You start looking at the playoffs (and) win, you lose focus on getting ready for Atlanta, ”Thibodeau said. “That’s where we have to focus. We just go day by day, step by step, and if we are taking care of all the things we need to take care of, all else will take care of itself. And it’s easy to be disqualified from the course. You can not do it “.
Julius Randle and Reggie Bullock each have 16 points.
PJ Washington scored 26 points and Terry Rozier got 21 points for the Hornets, the team lost 5/6.
Charlotte started the first half slowly and took a 66-60 advantage at halftime, taking a 24-point lead from Washington.
After shooting 26 for 46 from the field and 13 for 19 after the 3-point line in the first half, the Hornets struggled in the second half, making 13 of their 40 shots from the field and only 3 of their 20 3-point shots . efforts.
Charlotte made only eight free throws in the entire game, making it three.
Hornets coach James Borrego said: “The goal was to go to the perimeter, create an attack for us on a downhill and our boys drove it tonight. “Why don’t we get free-throw calls? I do not know.”
New York, the team that lost five in a row to the Hornets, opened the third half with 6 points in a row to tie it on a Nerlens Noel throw.
After Jalen McDaniels drew it in 69th place, New York went on to run 19-8, restricted by Barrett five points in a row to become 88-77 with 2:36 remaining in the match.
A 7-0 result marked by Bullock’s 3-pointer lifted New York’s lead to 102-90 with 6:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. Charlotte responded with five points in a row to take a 102-95 lead.
The Knicks then took the game out of reach with a 3-point throw from Bullock and a jump from Rose with 2:28 left in regulation.
New York spans the Hawks half game.
“We have to do it day by day, not think twice,” says Rose. “Of course you want first place, but we have to do it every day, every practice, every game.”
Giant hornet: Washington is the sixth Charlotte player in the last 25 seasons to score more than 20 points in the first half from the bench. … Malik Monk had 24 points in the first half against Miami on March 26… Miles Bridges had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Knicks: Quickley scored all of his points in the first half. He gets 4 points 7 after the 3-point line. … The Knicks does 18 results 3 pointers.
Borrego cannot set a timeline for when rookie LaMelo Ball will return to the squad after breaking his right wrist on March 20 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
“Nothing is written in stone,” said Borrego. “There’s a chance for him to come back (for now) the cast is off.”
Hornets will look to see if Ball’s wrist “flexibility” has significantly improved once he has been licensed by a medical staff for personal basketball practice.
Ball, their third choice in the 2020 draft, averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 41 games before he got injured.
“He’s young and I hope that helps that wrist return to normal. We have some time, ”said Borrego. “The number one thing is that it doesn’t seem like he can hurt this more.”
Giant hornet: Visit Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
Knicks: Hosted the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night
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