It was like so many Charlotte Hornets games during the 10-game losing streak. The Hornets would play well in the first half, and build a lead in the third, only to blow the game in the fourth quarter. Up by 21 points in the 3rd quarter, the New York Knicks came back and took the lead off a Carmelo Anthony 3-pointer.
It looked as if the Hornets would lose their 11th game in a row, and then Kemba Walker happened:
Walker's game winning drive lifted the Hornets to a 103-102 victory. The streak is over.
The Hornets were lead by 22 points from Gerald Henderson on 8-10 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. It was Henderson's best game of the season. Lance Stephenson started 0-4, but went 7-11 from that point, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Stephenson managed to frustrate Carmelo Anthony for stretches during the game, but foul trouble frustrated Stephenson at times as well. Al Jefferson finished with a double-double on 16 points and 13 rebounds, but shot 8-21 from the field. The Knicks, like many other teams, frustrated Jefferson in the fourth with double teams. Finally, shout out to Gary Neal, who scored 13 points on 5-9 shooting in his first game back from a shoulder sprain.
The Knicks were lead by 32 points from Carmelo Anthony on 11-22 shooting. Anthony was hot in the first quarter, but found it difficult to score throughout the game until the fourth, scoring 12 points. The only other Knicks players to score in double figures were J.R. Smith (14 points), and Tim Hardaway Jr. (13 points). Hardaway Jr. helped cut the Hornets lead down in the fourth with a pair of 3-pointers.
With the streak over, the Hornets will have five days to "relax" as they prepare for the Boston Celtics next Wednesday. They are 5-16, and still have plenty of issues to sort out, but for now the team, and fans, can enjoy this win.
The streak is overrrrrrrrrrr.