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Hornets Beat Knicks 119-107: Game Recap Notes

By InsideHoops.com
December 10, 2018

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Hornets vs Knicks game recap notes, December 10, 2018

Hornets beat Knicks 119-107 STARTERS

Hornets: Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller.

Knicks: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh and Enes Kanter.

Note: For fun, we've reverted back to our old-school live game notes style from the early 2000's. Because it's fun and different. So, below are game notes taken live as the action happened, taking you through the key points of the contest. Enjoy.

FIRST HALF

Starting Hornets center Cody Zeller was 5-of-5 for 10 points in the first quarter. Tony Parker also got off to a great start. As did Tim Hardaway Jr. for the Knicks.

First quarter scoring was Hornets 27, Knicks 24.

The Hornets began the second quarter on a 7-0 run, giving them a 34-24 lead. Timeout Knicks.

Bench scoring early second quarter: Hornets 15, Knicks six.

During a timeout, the Garden had a "Slow-Mo" cam feature, inviting fans to dance or move in slow motion on the big screen. Quite predictably, it had the opposite energy a Dance Cam would. I recommend sticking with the Dance Cam. People can move in slow-motion elsewhere. Like when trying to walk through midtown Manhattan weekend tourist crowds.

At 5:00 in the second quarter, a 26-foot three-pointer from Kemba Walker put the Hornets up 15, leading to a Knicks timeout.

Kevin Knox has the green light to shoot off the Knicks bench, and just swished a three to give him 13 points on 11 shots, pulling the Knicks to within 10.

Kemba operating, Mudiay guarding. The defense was solid. Walker swished a jumpshot anyway.

A much-needed Knicks bucket -- a deep off-the-dribble splash by Hardaway Jr, pulled this thing a bit closer. It was the final bucket of the second quarter.

Halftime score: Hornets 61, Knicks 47. At the half, Walker has 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals, Hardaway Jr. has 13 points and four assists, Knox 13 points on 13 shots, Zeller 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

SECOND HALF

The Hornet skeep rolling. And begin the third quarter outscoring the Knicks 16-2. But finally, some Knicks ball movement resulted in an open outside look for Knox, and he hit it. But the Hornets lead 77-52.

More Hornets scoring. But then Hardaway Jr. decides to hit from 30. The Hornets, confused by this, called a timeout, up 80-55 at 6:55 in the third quarter.

Knox continues to shoot. Sometimes, even when contested. Like this time, resulting in a miss. He has 18 points on 20 shots. The rest of the Knicks bench has 13 points.

Frank Ntilikina is getting real bench minutes today. He played 16 minutes yesterday, but zero minutes in the three previous games. And he scored at the 4:00 and 2:57 marks of the third quarter, giving him 10 points on seven shots in 14 minutes so far.

And Ntilikina just hit again, from three-point range. The Knicks are still down 19, but this is a nice sign. If it keeps happening.

Kemba likes to to do it big in MSG. And what better way than to splash a three-pointer off the dribble in a defender's face? At the buzzer. That's how he ended the third quarter. After three, Hornets lead 99-78.

Ntilikina is feeling it today. Well, he was. Then he fouled out. Still, excellent showing by him in the scoring department. Also ending his evening early is Knicks head coach Dave Fizdale, who was tossed due to technicals, apparently angered by the foul call against Ntilikina,

At 9:00 in the fourth Ron Baker made his first appearance of the evening. He has played a total of six minutes since mid November, and has spent almost the entire season watching from the bench.

With the Hornets up 112-87, Knox kept shooting. The green light for him is obviously huge. He's up to 23 points on 24 shots.

Baker now has five points in five minutes.

Hornets up 15, two minutes left.

THE FINAL

Final score: Hornets 119, Knicks 107.

In the win for the Hornets, Walker had 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals, Lamb had 21 points, five assists and two steals, Parker scored 16, and Marvin Williams scored 13.

In the loss for the Knicks, Knox had 26 points and 15 rebounds, Hardaway Jr. had 21 points, five assists and five turnovers, and Ntilikina had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

After the game, Knicks head coach David Fizdale described Walker as an "absolute nightmare" to defend.

The Hornets are now 13-13, the Knicks 8-20.

A positive for the Hornets: They won.

A positive for the Knicks: Knox put up a stat-line that is rare for a rookie. And Ntilikina had a scoring explosion.

Both teams are off on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Knicks visit the Cavs, and the Hornets host the Pistons.

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