Knicks Glide To Seventh Straight Win
Even with O.G. Anunoby riding the bench with an elbow injury, and with Julius Randel out with a dislocated right shoulder, the Knicks keep plugging along. New York won its seventh straight, Monday night — a dominant 113-92 performance over the Charlotte Hornets.
Clinging to a three-point lead heading into the third quarter, New York exploded with a 44-point quarter to blow the game wide open. The impressive showing was keyed by a 14-0 run. Isiah Hartenstein drilled a couple of shots, while Jalen Brunson nailed a critical three-pointer, and later came back to make three consecutive free throws after a flagrant foul was called on Charlotte.
By the final buzzer, New York had once again shot over 50 percent from the floor, 52 percent to be exact. Brunson led all scorers with 32 points, while Donte DiVincenzo notched 28 points, including shooting 5-of-15 from downtown.
“It’s definitely a plus when you can win on the road no matter who is on the court,” Brunson said.
The Knicks ‘ game-winning streak is their longest such streak this season. Last season the Knicks had winning streaks of eight games and nine games en route to a 47-win season.
Obviously, this team has its sights set on higher goals.
BEN SIMMONS RETURN SPARKS NETS
Ben Simmons made his long-anticipated return to the Brooklyn Nets lineup on Monday. The All-Star had been slowed down by a back injury. On Monday, he posted a double-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and eight rebounds in Brooklyn’s 147-114 thumping of the Utah Jazz.
Brooklyn has now won two in a row.
Meanwhile, Cam Thomas and Mikhal Bridges went off for Brooklyn. Bridges led all scorers with 33 points, while Thomas was right behind him with 25 points of his own. All of that contributed to Brooklyn putting up its highest-scoring night since November 22, when they lost a 147-145 heartbreaker to Atlanta.
The Nets will face the Suns on Wednesday, while the Knicks take on the Pacers on Thursday. Remember to catch Knicks basketball right here on Fox Sports Radio New Jersey.