The Knicks trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, and their late-game effort came up short in a 107-101 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. >> Box Score
Five things to know from Wednesday's game
1) The Hornets ended an evenly-played first half on an 11-1 run to take a 56-46 lead into the break. The Hornets, who led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, took an 85-75 lead into the fourth, but the Knicks refused to go down without a fight. New York, playing with a different lineup than many would have expected down the stretch, cut the Charlotte lead down to two points with around three minutes to play, but the comeback effort came up short down the stretch.
2) Bobby Portis played a tremendous game off the bench for the Knicks. In clutch time, interim head coach Mike Miller elected to play Portis over Julius Randle, as Portis was the hot hand. Portis ended the game with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 22 minutes.
3) Allonzo Trier saw his most extended action in over a month on Wednesday, likely because he was playing too well for Miller to take out of the game. Trier helped lead the Knicks' comeback effort in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 16 minutes.
4) Mitchell Robinson proved what he can do when he stays out of foul trouble. The second-year pro had one of his best games of the season, scoring 12 points while grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking four shots. Robinson played 29 minutes and committed just one foul.
5) Playing without Malik Monk, who was suspended by the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy, the Hornets were led byTerry Rozier, who finished the game with 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Devonte' Graham added 21 points of his own, and all five Hornets starters scored in double figures.
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The Knicks stay on the road on Thursday for the second half of a back-to-back, as they tip-off with the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:00pm.