The Knicks extended their winning streak to seven games with a 113-92 walloping of the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. They are winners of 13 of the 15 games they have played since trading RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa and Malachi Flynn.
The Knicks won on Monday without Julius Randle, who is expected to miss an extended period of time with a dislocated right shoulder, and OG Anunoby, who was a late scratch due to right elbow inflammation.
Hornets star LaMelo Ball also missed Monday’s matchup due to an ankle injury. Here’s what you need to know:
KNICKS BOUNCE BACK
The Knicks shot just 4-of-21 from downtown in the first half and took a 46-43 lead over the Hornets into the break. They then outscored the Hornets, 44-24, in the third quarter to blow the game wide-open and finished the game 12-of-37 from downtown.
Without Ball, Charlotte’s No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller led the team with 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field, and high-flyer Miles Bridges added 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Knicks held the Hornet bench to just seven points on the night.
Hart shot 0-of-3 from downtown in the start but finished with eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists on the night.
DONTE DIVINCENZO CONTINUES
Without Anunoby and Randle, the Knicks struggled to generate offense early. Head coach Tom Thibodeau opted to start Josh Hart and Precious Achiuwa at the three and four.
Jalen Brunson scored 32 points on 13-of-24 shooting from the field and two-of-six shooting from downtown, but Donte DiVincenzo’s hot shooting turned the game.
DiVincenzo shot 10-of-22 from the field and 5-of-15 from downtown for 28 points and five assists. The Knicks outscored the Hornets by 24 points in the 42 minutes DiVincenzo spent on the floor.
This is a theme for DiVincenzo, whose best games have come on the road this season. In fact, DiVincenzo hit a season-high seven threes in a Nov. 18 victory over the Hornets in Charlotte.
DiVincenzo has made nearly twice as many threes on the road (80) as he has at home (47). He is shooting 44.4 percent from deep in road games and 37.9 percent at Madison Square Garden.
QUENTIN GRIMES ROLLERCOASTER CONTINUES
After shooting 7-of-11 in the victory over the Denver Nuggets, then three-of-six in the win over the Miami Heat, Quentin Grimes upchucked bricks on Monday.
Grimes shot just 3-of-11 from the field and one-of-six from downtown for seven points against a poor Hornets defense. Prior to the Miami and Denver games, Grimes logged just five (against Brooklyn), four (against the Raptors) and zero (against the Wizards).
Grimes’ production is worth monitoring because his name is routinely mentioned as a valuable trade chip for the Knicks should they opt to bolster their bench ahead of the Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline. He is in the third year of his rookie contract and is known for his tough defense and three-point shooting.
He entered Monday’s game averaging 9.4 points on 42 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from downtown.
HARTENTEIN’S RAMP UP
Since returning from his bout with left Achilles tendinopathy, Isaiah Hartenstein logged just 16 minutes against the Heat and another 16 minutes against the Hornets.
Monday’s matchup in Charlotte was the first leg of a back-to-back, so the light minutes distribution served dual purpose: not to overload him after missing a week of action, while simultaneously keeping him fresh for Tuesday’s game back at The Garden against the Utah Jazz.
Hartenstein finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three steals; and Jericho Sims added six points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes of play.
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