Frank Kaminsky scored 15 of his season high-tying 24 points in the first half to give the Charlotte Hornets a jolt off the bench in a 109-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Kaminsky didn't miss a shot until the fourth quarter, finishing 10 of 13 overall and 4 of 6 on 3-pointers to provide a boost for a Hornets bench that has struggled so much lately that interim head coach Stephen Silas has shortened the playing rotation.
But Monday's win was so comfortable Silas was able to use all 12 of his players in a game in which Charlotte (11-19) led by as much as 27 points. >> Read more
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B-Easy's block party in Charlotte. pic.twitter.com/T8tGLctioB- NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 19, 2017
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The Knicks just can ... not ... win ... on ... the ... road. It's alarming just how different this team is on the road as opposed to at home. Saturday without Kristaps Porzingis (and Tim Hardaway Jr.), the Knicks dominated the Thunder, who were fully healthy. Monday, the Knicks were embarrassed in Charlotte against a dreadful Hornets team that was 10-19 coming in. This one was difficult to watch throughout, and was pretty much over in the second quarter.
The Knicks could not buy a bucket from beyond the arc. They were a putric 3-for-18 from downtown, and shot under 42 percent from the field. It's going to be a bad night when Frank Kaminsky scores 24 points. Michael Beasley once again led the Knicks with 23 points after dropping 30 on Saturday. Otherwise, the rest of the team did nothing. The Knicks couldn't get anything to fall, and it was rough to see a team do a complete 180 from what they did during their four-game winning streak.
Head coach Jeff Hornacek did a poor job coaching and making adjustments. When this game became a blowout early, he should have put Joakim Noah out there to cover Dwight Howard and give the Knicks some energy off the bench. He could have put Willy Hernangomez in for some buckets as well. With Enes Kanter battling a neck injury, he has to give some of these guys a blow with some fresh bodies, and he failed to make adjustments. The Knicks still would have ended up losing the game, but waiting until under seven minutes were left in the game to play Noah and Hernangomez is just a mistake.
They return home Thursday to take on the Celtics, and hopefully Porzingis will be back in the lineup. This team desperately needs him; the Knicks can't hope for Beasley to drop 25-plus points every night. The Knicks have won one game outside the state of New York this season, and it came early on against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. They can't make the playoffs without road wins, so they need to start soon, and they'll have a chance to do that again Friday in Detroit against another Eastern Conference playoff contender.
Frank knew that was going in 😌 pic.twitter.com/g2M0XGr8Kw- Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) December 19, 2017
The Knicks host the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Thursday at 8 p.m.