Having to do two overtime hours to get to Boston two nights early left the New York Knicks low on fuel when they got home.
The Charlotte Hornets were happy to take advantage of it.
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 27 points, Terry Rozier added 25, and the Hornets broke the Knicks’ nine-game winning streak with a 112-105 win on Tuesday.
The Knicks scored 39 points and shot under 30% in the second half for a 23-point lead.
“I just ran out of gas,” said All-Star Julius Randle.
Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier (3) shoots against New York Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein
Charlotte Hornets Guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett rides
Gordon Hayward had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and went into overtime with 1:50 left as the Hornets won for the first time in four games since quarterback LaMelo Ball broke his ankle which required surgery.
They were trailing by 16 at halftime, and halfway through the fourth quarter they were still trailing by nine before overtaking a Knicks team that lacked energy.
“I think everyone is tired at this point in the season,” Hayward said. “You’re going through it and the matches are every other night and obviously had some emotional victories too. This is another part of fatigue, not only physical but also mental and emotional. So our win today was important for our team.
RJ Barrett scored 27 points for the Knicks as they sought their first 10-game winning streak from 13 straight wins at the end of the 2012–13 season. Randle scored 16 points but hit just 5-for-17 from the field.
The Knicks, playing a second straight game without quarterback Jalen Brunson due to left foot pain, scored 45 points in the second quarter but only scored 60 in the remaining three.
“We weren’t great defensively and we weren’t flying like we usually are,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.
The Knicks went 16-for-20 – 10-for-11 from the bow – in the second, opening a 66-50 lead after a Quentin Grimes layup with 0.4 seconds left.
But Charlotte came back with 37 points in the third and better effort than the Knicks, beating them 16-3. Rozier scored 13 points and the Hornets pulled back to take the lead before Obi Toppin made a three-pointer 89-87 to lead to fourth.
“We improved a lot offensively this episode and then LaMelo got injured and we struggled in games without him,” said Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, “and tonight I felt like we were a lot better. Our ball movements were better, we had a more balanced attack.
While Rozier was resting for the start of game four, the Hornets managed only one Hayward basket in the first half and were trailing 98–89. But then they held the Knicks to only one basket during a gradual 14-2 rise that gave them a 103-100 lead after Hayward’s three-pointer with 2:59 left.
New York tied at 103 before Hayward scored, followed by Oubre 3 to make it 108–103 with 58 seconds left.
Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) drives past New York Knicks guard Quentin Grimes (6)
DOLECE 134, MAGIC 123
Brook Lopez scored 26 points, Khris Middleton and Jevon Carter added 24 points each, and Milwaukee defeated Orlando for their 18th win in 19 games.
Bobby Portis Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jae Crowder added 15 points for the Bucks, who shot 59% and extended their streak against the Magic to 14 games.
The Bucks played without All-Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo (non-COVID-19) and Jrue Holiday (sore neck).
Cole Anthony led the Magic with 23 points. Franz Wagner added 21 points and Paolo Banchero had 20 points and five rebounds.
Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks throws in during a game against the Magic
LAKERS 112, GRIZZLI 103
Anthony Davis had 30 points and 22 rebounds, Dennis Schröder added 17 points and nine assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers moved up to ninth in the Western Conference after a 112-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves each scored 17 points in their sixth win in eight games for the Lakers, who have been on the rise since the trade deadline despite injuries to LeBron James and D’Angelo Russell.
Davis played a superstar against the Grizzlies, hitting 11 of his 17 shots and making big plays multiple times during the stretch while wearing a bandage on his nose after being cut in the first half.
Jaren Jackson scored 26 points and Tyus Jones had 16 for the Grizzlies, who fell to 0-2 without Ja Morant, suffering their third straight loss.
At halftime, the Lakers honored former player Pau Gasol by retiring his number 16 jersey.
Anthony Davis No. 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers heads to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies
MAVERICKS 120, JAZZ 116
Kyrie Irving hit three-pointers to score 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and Luka Doncic added 29 points as Dallas defeated Utah on a shorthand.
Utah was leading 118–115 with 3.7 seconds left when Talen Horton-Tucker was fouled and sent to the line for two shots. After sinking the first, his intentional miss bounced directly off the backboard and missed the hoop, giving Dallas possession.
Tim Hardaway Jr. he added 24 points from the bench, including 7-of-9 from behind the arc, as Dallas finished a season-best six home game 3–3.
Lauri Markkanen returned to the line-up after missing the match with a lower back injury and scored 33 points while leading the Jazz. Horton-Tucker added 21 points.
Mavs Kyrie Irving drives to the basket ahead of Utah’s Laurie Markkanen and Talen Horton-Tucker
76ERS 117, TIMBERWOLVES 94
Joel Embiid scored 39 points, Tyrese Maxey added 27, and Philadelphia defeated Minnesota despite playing without James Harden.
Harden, the team’s second leading scorer and assist leader in the NBA, suffered from pain in his left foot.
De’Anthony Melton scored 11 goals for the 76ers, who finished the five-game trip with a 4–1 record.
Anthony Edwards scored 32 points for Minnesota. The Timberwolves had a season-low 39.5% shooting from the field and had 11-of-36 3-point range shots.
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (21) shoots for Minnesota Timberwolves Naz Reid
NETS 118, ROCKETS 96
Mikal Bridges scored 30 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 23, and Brooklyn had a great third quarter to beat Houston for a third straight win.
Bridges has scored 30 or more points in three straight games and five times overall since moving from Phoenix on February 9 in a deal that sent Kevin Durant to the Suns. Bridges also had five assists, two blocks and a steal.
Brooklyn has the longest winning streak since a 12-game season from December 7 to January. The 8. Nets also had their third double-digit win in a row.
Jalen Green had 25 points for the underdog Rockets in the Western Conference, who were winning against San Antonio in a row.
Nets Mikal Bridges (1) reacts on a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets
GROM 137, WARRIORS 128
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 33 points, Josh Giddey had his seventh career triple-double and third of the season, and Oklahoma City beat Golden State.
Giddey finished the game with 17 points, 17 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds as the Thunder won their third straight game.
Stephen Curry scored 40 points and made 10 three-pointers for the season, Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Jonathan Kuminga added 21 for the Warriors.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots as the Golden State Warriors
WIZARDS 119, PISTONS 117
Daniel Gafford capitalized on Bradley Beal’s aerial hit on the buzzer as Washington awarded Detroit its ninth straight loss.
With the score tied, Beal rode to the baseline and shot a vanishing float that was too strong and missed everything. Gafford caught the rebound on the weak side and bet the winner.
Beal scored 32 points and Kristaps Porzingis scored 24 before fouling in the last minute. Washington (32-34) finished two games in a slip and is ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference, giving them a shot at the final spot in the playoffs.
Jaden Ivey had 26 points and 12 assists for the NBA’s worst Pistons. James Wiseman added 21 points.
Wizards center Daniel Gafford reacts after his basket win against the Detroit Pistons