The Hornets dominated this game against the Knicks, who, due to Burks’ loss, seems to be losing some of the good rhythm with which the season began. In Charlotte they did not compete as their fans had used to in the first weeks, they had no option of hurting a very serious opponent on the track and who is already positive in the classification.
Although the Knicks dominated on the inside, also taking into account that Cody Zeller is not in the Hornets, their shooting percentages did not rise, they stagnated in the bad dynamics they proposed with their triples. The New Yorkers struggled to score and fell to less than ninety points.
Gordon Hayward drops 28 of his 34 PTS in the 1st half as the @hornets top NYK.
Devonte ‘Graham: 19 PTS, 7 AST
Miles Bridges: 13 PTS, 2 3PM
PJ Washington: 13 PTS, 5 REB
LaMelo Ball: 8 PTS, 14 REB, 7 AST pic.twitter.com/ipcNPP4TKX
– NBA (@NBA) January 12, 2021
Gordon Hayward, with 34 points (11/17 shooting from the field), was the best. Thibodeau admitted that he was one of the players they had in mind to sign, but finally the forward decided on a Hornetsd who paid him 120 million. Knox (19 points) was the Knicks’ leading scorer with the same baggage as Hornets second-in-command Graham. The young LaMelo Ball got close to the triple-double (8 + 14 + 7) although with a bad day in the pitches (3/13).
The Knicks have now had three straight losses, this being the sixth in total, while the Hornets reach 6-5 with four consecutive victories.