Knicks 113, Hornets 96
The New York Knicks were making shot after shot, ready to go
down the stretch with New Orleans.
Turned out, they didn’t have to. The Hornets pretty much took
the last five minutes off.
Al Harrington scored 28 points and the Knicks scored the game’s
final 18 points to beat the Hornets 113-96 Friday night.
“Our defense was horrible,” Paul said. “We’ve had a few games
where our defense was good, but not tonight, and it was obvious we
couldn’t buy a shot.”
The Knicks won their fourth straight for the first time since
winning six in a row from Jan. 2-13 in 2006. The Hornets lost for
the first time in seven home games.
New York trailed 96-95 with less than five minutes left, but
Harrington and Duhon hit a barrage of baskets. Duhon sank
back-to-back 3-pointers, and Harrington followed with two more as
the Knicks put the game away.
“Everybody hit big shots, one after another,” New York coach
Mike D’Antoni said. “We were moving the ball really well. We’re
just playing really well right now.”
Duhon scored 22 points, and Wilson Chandler added 20 before
fouling out with 5:15 left. David Lee, who scored a season-high 28
points when the Knicks beat the Hornets in New York, contributed 17
points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
David West scored 20 to lead New Orleans, and Paul added 13
points and 13 assists. The Hornets, who scored a season-high 62
points in the first half, managed just nine field goals in the
second half and did not score after James Posey’s putback gave them
a 96-95 led with 4:57 left.
“We just tried to force them to keep shooting jump shots with a
hand in their face,” Lee said. “Our energy is better and we’re
helping better on defense.”
Duhon hit a long 3-pointer 14 seconds later, starting the
onslaught. By the time the Hornets called a timeout with 2:59 left,
they trailed 104-96. Harrington finished them off with another 3 on
New York’s next possession.
The Knicks took their first lead of the game with a 12-3 run
early in the third quarter. Harrington and Chandler scored inside
before Duhon hit consecutive 3-pointers. His second 3 put the
Knicks ahead 70-69 at the 6:13 mark. Neither team led by more than
4 for the rest of the quarter, but Jared Jeffries made his only
basket of the night to give New York an 81-79 advantage entering
“We were definitely in a deep hole, and now we’ve put ourselves
back in the opportunity go get into the playoffs, which is our
goal,” Duhon said. “We’re definitely back in it. We just have to
NOTES: Earlier Friday, the Hornets announced forward Ike Diogu,
who had not played this year after being signed as a free agent in
July, will have season-ending micro-fracture surgery next Tuesday
on his injured left knee. He has career averages of 5.8 points and
3.1 rebounds. … Eddy Curry for the Knicks returned after missing
seven games with a sore left knee. He played 6:34 in the first
half, scoring two points, and sat out the second half. … The
Knicks’ Larry Hughes had a 4-point play to start the second
quarter, hitting a 3 and making a free throw after being fouled by
Hornets rookie Darren Collison.