NBA Game Recap - New York at Charlotte
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NY
101
CHA
107
F
BKN
106
WAS
110
F
PHI
94
CLE
108
F
MIN
129
MIA
126
F
ORL
130
ATL
120
F
MEM
112
HOU
140
F
DAL
109
SA
103
F
LAC
102
PHO
92
F
BOS
114
UTA
103
F

Charlotte 107, New York 101

Feb 26, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

New York (17-41)

27

19

29

26

101

Charlotte (20-38)

30

26

29

22

107

Graham returns, Hornets topple Knicks 107-101
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:03 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach James Borrego wants Devonte Graham to finish his second NBA season strong, rather than limping down the stretch.

That's why Borrego gave Graham the night off Tuesday, in hopes that he would benefit from extra rest - physically and emotionally - during a season in which he ranks in the top 10 in the NBA in minutes played and has been a focal point of the offense.

Terry Rozier scored 26 points, Graham responded after his night off by scoring 21 points and Charlotte handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss 107-101 on Wednesday night. P.J. Washington and Bismack Biyombo each scored 12 points for the Hornets.

Earlier Wednesday, Hornets guard Malik Monk was suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program. The suspension will continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.

Graham said sitting out the Hornets' loss at Indiana was tough on him because he's a competitor, but may have been a good idea.

"I have definitely not been playing up to how I should be," Graham said. "I think it's just trying to get back mentally, get a little rest, recover, try and get my mind off everything and come back and compete at a high level."

Graham didn't get much rest during All-Star week, participating in the 3-point contest and Rising Stars game.

While he's been a contender for the league's most improved player, he had struggled to find his shot in recent weeks. He bounced back against the Knicks, connecting on 7 of 18 shots from the field, including two 3s.

"His usage rate has been so high that sometimes there does need to be reset," Borrego said. "He's played every game with high minutes. He looked much fresher mentally and physically tonight."

Julius Randle finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.

The Hornets led by 15 points in the second half before Bobby Portis began to rally the Knicks with a series of mid-range jumpers. Portis had 12 points of his 17 points in the second half, but New York couldn't get any closer than two with 2:43 remaining.

Allonzo Trier had a chance to tie the game with 1:12 remaining but missed an open look from the corner. Rozier followed with a driving reverse layup that hit near the top of the glass and bounced around the rim and in, pushing the Hornets' lead to five with 30 seconds left.

Mitchell Robinson cut the lead to two with a dunk off a pick-and-roll, but Rozier knocked down two free throws with 17 seconds left and the Hornets held on.

"I'll give the guys credit for the battle back and the way that they did to get back in it," said Knicks coach Mike Miller. "But we have to understand this is a 48-minute game and you're going to have to play both halves and you're going to have to play every quarter. We've got to be a lot sharper early."

TIP INS

Knicks: Mitchell Robinson had 12 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. ... Shot 4 of 15 from 3-point range.

Hornets: James Borrego gave Cody Zeller the night off, part of what will be a rotation at center moving forward with Biyombo and Willy Hernangomez. ... Miles Bridges had an incredibly athletic one-handed put-back dunk in which he seemed to levitate in the air for several seconds to grab the rebound and slam it home.

MONK SUSPENSION

Hornets coach James Borrego said guard Malik Monk has the "full support" of the Hornets organization following his suspension. Monk was averaging 18.2 points in the last seven games.

KNICKS BENCH

If there was a bright spot for the Knicks, it was the play of their bench, which outscored the Hornets 57-26.

"We just try to go out there and try to bring us back," Portis said. "We have one job, like always: come in and just try to build the game, try to bring energy and that's our one job."

TRIER SEES ACTION

Trier has been buried on the Knicks depth chart all year, but had 16 points and four assists against the Hornets.

"If my number is called, I have to come in and be productive," Trier said. "But if it's not then I have to be supportive of my teammates, try to help in different ways, tell them what I am seeing and doing those different things."

UP NEXT

Knicks: Visit the 76ers on Thursday night.

Hornets: At Toronto Raptors on Friday:

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Leaders

New York PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Bullock 0 0 0 0 1 0
J. Randle 18 -15 3 9 0 2
Charlotte PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Rozier 26 14 4 3 1 0
D. Graham 21 3 5 1 1 0

Team Comparison

NY CHA
Points For 101 107
Field Goals 43/85-51% 39/83-47%
Three Pointers 4/15-27% 10/30-33%
Free Throws 11/17-65% 19/25-76%
Offensive Rebounds 13 10
Defensive Rebounds 29 27
Rebounds 52 46
Blocks 6 4
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 15 14
Points Scored Off Turnovers 14 19
Points in the Paint 58 56
Fast Break Points 9 6
Personal Fouls 24 19
Technical Fouls 1 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - CHA Leads Series 3-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 16 CHA 103 @ NY 102 N. Batum 3 D. Smith Jr. 2
Tue Jan 28 NY 92 @ CHA 97 K. Knox II 2 D. Bacon 2
Wed Feb 26 NY 101 @ CHA 107 K. Knox II 4 C. Martin 5

Game Information

Stadium: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 13,152
Game Time: 2:16