After a back and forth start to the game, the Charlotte Hornets (15-24) used a 51-9 run to lead by 45 at one point, beating the New York Knicks (5-34) 110-82 in one of the easiest victories in recent memory.
Kemba Walker scored 28 points in just 28 minutes, shooting 8-13 from the field, and 4-7 from the 3-point line. Bismack Biyombo scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 21 minutes, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came one rebound shy of another double-double, with 10 points and 9 rebounds. P.J. Hairston had arguably his best game of the season, finishing with 15 points on 6-12 shooting. Brian Roberts also added 14 points off the bench, much of that coming in the fourth quarter after the starters had been rested.
The Hornets only led 21-18 after the first quarter, but scored 41 points in the second to lead 62-31 at halftime. The lead only grew in the third quarter, as the Hornets were relentless in extending it to historic levels. Had the starters remained in the game, a 50-60 point win was conceivable.
New York was lead by 18 points from Quincy Acy, who got hot in fourth quarter, going 3-4 from the 3-point line. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 14 points.
Charlotte has now won five games in a row. They have four days off before taking on the San Antonio Spurs next Wednesday in Charlotte.