The Eastern Division-leading Knicks, with a record of eight wins and one loss, continued their winning ways in New Orleans with a 102-80 win over the Hornets.
The Hornets came into the game with three straight losses while the Knicks were looking for their second straight win after their first loss of the season. The Knicks have played the most difficult schedule in the NBA to this point of the season, but Tuesday night’s game was just another double-digit win in a series of wide margin games for the Knicks.
In the first half, the Knicks worked into a 14-point lead that the Hornets worked down to just one point early in the second quarter. Carmelo Anthony scored early and often as he outscored the entire Hornets team in the first quarter with 19 points. The Knicks began shooting at a 60 percent clip, but they cooled down to a 45.2 percent pace for the half. The New Yorkers jumped ahead with an 11-3 run and the first quarter ended with the Knicks up 29-17.
The Hornets whittled down the Knicks lead by shooting five-for-seven on three pointers in the waning minutes of the first quarter and going on a 13-0 run in the second period of play. The Hornets 31 points in the second quarter proved to be their strongest scoring quarter in the game.
Ryan Anderson led the Hornets in scoring with 11 points at the half, but Brian Roberts coming off the bench was the scoring surprise. Roberts went three-for-four on threes and scored ten points in 11 minutes of the first half. The Hornets 50 percent scoring in the half kept them in the game.
Raymond Felton countered for the Knicks by going four-for-five behind the arc for 12 points in 17 minutes of the first half. At the half, Anthony had 23 points and the Knicks led 53-48. The Knicks out-rebounded the Hornets 24-16 in the first half, but the Hornets led in points in the paint, 16-12.
In a home game on November 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Hornets scored their lowest point score ever, just 62 points; they surpassed that total by the third quarter. However, the Hornets 16 points in that quarter were not nearly enough to keep up with the Knicks who scored 30.
The teams traded buckets near the start of the third quarter, but the Knicks got on a roll and widened their lead to 16 points on two of three free throws by Ronnie Brewer with 3:38 left in the quarter. The quarter ended with the Knicks on top, 83-64, and Coach Mike Woodson sat the starters and emptied the bench in the fourth quarter.
Anthony had a game-high 29 points, followed by Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith with 15 points each. Anderson led the Hornets with 15 points, and four other Hornets scored in double figures.
The Knicks play again tonight in a rematch against the Mavericks in Dallas.