Monk's big fourth quarter lifts Hornets past Knicks 101-92
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 29, 2019 10:34 AM
Charlotte Hornets' Malik Monk (1) gestures after making a three-point basket against New York Knicks' Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Tony Parker each had 15 points, Malik Monk had four clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets handed the New York Knicks their 10th straight loss 101-92 on Monday night.
Monk scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help ignite a 17-1 run as Charlotte improved to 17-8 at home.
Kevin Knox had 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 for the struggling Knicks, who have won one game since beating the Hornets on Dec. 14 (Dec. 15, PHL time).
As they did in a 119-117 loss at Madison Square Garden last month, the Hornets struggled again to shake the Knicks and entered the fourth quarter tied at 71 after shooting 5-of-25 from beyond the arc.
But Monk got the Hornets on track in the fourth quarter.
He knocked down back-to-back three-pointers, one coming on a nifty play from Walker, who delivered a wraparound pass from underneath the basket to an open Monk at the top of the key. That started the 17-1 run with Monk accounting for 12 points and Walker five.
Walker was just 5-of-16 from the field, but made a big step-back three from the corner and Monk followed with another three to give Charlotte its largest lead at 87-75 with seven minutes left. The Knicks never mounted a serious challenge after that.
The Hornets were 6-of-8 from three-point range in the fourth quarter.
Knicks: With Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay out, the Knicks brought up Kadeem Allen and he finished with eight points in 18 minutes. "He's come a long way since we first got him," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "I'm just really happy with his growth and he fits our identity. He's tough. He guards. He shares the ball. I just really, really like this kid." Allen had 19 points in 18 games last season with the Celtics.
Hornets: Walker spoke to the crowd before the game and thanked them for voting for him and helping him become an All-Star game starter for the first time. ... Charlotte outrebounded the Knicks 53-45.
Knicks: Host Mavericks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Hornets: Visit Celtics on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).