After dropping a 112-104 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks welcome the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at MSG for the first of two matchups with the Hornets in three games.
This time around, the Knicks find the Hornets coming off perhaps their best win of the season, a 113-107 victory over the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets. The win, which included a dominant 40-28 second quarter, snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hornets.
Charlotte managed the win despite shooting 38.4 percent from the floor making the most of transition, as the Hornets had 20 assists in the win, with Kemba Walker leading the way with eight to go along with his 21 points.
"Something we hammered in practice was spacing the floor and making the next pass," Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky said. "In the Minnesota game, we were getting good shots and good looks, but there were better ones available. We call it 'good to great,' and that's what we were really doing well tonight. We were just moving the ball and finding the open guy."
Maybe even more important for Charlotte than the passing was the perimeter defense against Denver, which shot 23 percent from deep.
Against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, the Knicks' perimeter defense doomed them almost as much as their own outside offense. New York let Brooklyn shoot 50 percent from 3-point range while making just 8 of 26 attempts. >> READ MORE
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