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Bridge scores 38, Hornets beat Knicks without a ball – News Concerns

NEW YORK – Miles Bridge makes sure LaMelo doesn’t miss the ball.

Bridges scored a career-high 38 points and 12 rebounds to help the Charlotte Hornets win a 97-87 over the New York Knicks on Monday.

Terry Rozier added 22 points. He and Bridges combined to outscore the Knicks in the first half as Charlotte came back well from a loss to Orlando, ending her four-game winning streak.

The ball was ill but the Hornets didn’t need their charming point guard, with Bridge propelling them to a strong start. He scored 28 points in the first half.

“He was awesome tonight. High level performance. His confidence, the spirit with which he played, led us to this win,” said Charlotte coach James Borrego. “I thought Terry controlled the game too has done. Miles and Terry controlled the game together, but Miles was brilliant.

Rosier scored 17 runs in the first half as Charlotte took a 62-44 lead.

Julius Randall and RJ Barrett scored 18 points for the Knicks, whose three-game winning streak was broken.

Ball was listed as suspected with a disease related to COVID-19, but the Hornets said just before the start that he was available to play. Ball sat on the bench with his teammates to watch Bridges and Rosier’s impressive performances.

Bridge was 7 for 8 in the first quarter for 22 points. The Knicks barely outscored him, with Charlotte leading 34-23.

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“Lamello, he usually brings that aggression to us and we go after him, so someone has to pick up the slack,” Bridges said. “So I wanted to go out there and be aggressive with the jump and T-Ro started being aggressive and Gordon (Hayward), so it was like a domino effect.”

Bridges started the second quarter on the bench and the Knicks quickly started to reach within four with seven straight points. The Hornets called time, brought back the bridge after a break of barely two minutes, and quickly regained control.

Bridges had the last three baskets of an 8–0 run, extending the lead to 45–33, a lead that was reduced to 18 at halftime when Rosier scored 3-pointers for his last two baskets.

“I think honestly, if you look at the rest of the game, especially in the second half, we played well,” Barrett said, as the Knicks kept the Hornets on 35 points after halftime.

“So it was really just the first half, especially the first quarter.”

Bridges, who scored 14 for 20, scored a late 3-pointer in the third to give Charlotte their biggest lead at 86-63. He found the basket that tied his previous high of 35 in the fourth quarter with a brilliant baseline drive and reverse scoop, with teammates smiling.

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Hornet: Hayward scored 16 points. , The Bridges have seven 30-point games this season. He had three in his first three seasons. … Kelly Aubrey was out due to health and safety protocols.

Knicks: Point guard Kemba Walker missed the ninth straight game due to pain in his left knee. … Coach Tom Thibodeau celebrated his 64th birthday. … Mayor Eric Adams addressed the crowd at Martin Luther King Jr. the day before the game, saying that as “Dr. King wanted the ball in his hands” during the civil rights movement, New Yorkers wanted it now because of the coronavirus. Lead the way through the pandemic. “Let’s win it for Team New York and Team America,” Adams said.

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The Hornets said Bridges was Charlotte’s fourth player in the past 25 years to score at least 28 points in the first half, and two have come against the Knicks in the past two seasons.

Hayward scored 28 against New York at Charlotte on January 11, 2021. Walker scored 35 against Memphis on March 22, 2018, while Glenn Rice scored 28 against Phoenix on February 19, 1997.


Hornet: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host Minnesota on Tuesday.


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