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NY Knicks extend winning streak to 7, overpower Charlotte Hornets, 113-92

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WINNING STREAK. New York Knicks defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 113-92, to extend their winning streak to seven games on Monday night (Tuesday, January 30, in the Philippines). NEW YORK KNICKS PHOTO

The New York Knicks extended their winning streak to seven games by overpowering the Charlotte Hornets 113-92, led by a stellar performance from Jalen Brunson.
Despite missing key players, including the injured Julius Randle, the Knicks showcased their versatility and determination on Monday night.
Jalen Brunson emerged as the driving force for the Knicks, pouring in 32 points and earning chants of “MVP” from the spirited pro-Knicks crowd at the Spectrum Center.
Donte DiVincenzo complemented Brunson’s brilliance with a strong showing, contributing 28 points, including five three-pointers.
The absence of Randle, Anunoby, Fournier, and Robinson did not deter the Knicks, highlighting their depth and ability to adapt.
The Hornets, on the other hand, continued to struggle since the trade that sent Terry Rozier to Miami for Kyle Lowry and a first-round draft pick.
Brandon Miller’s 29 points and Miles Bridges’ double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) weren’t enough to lift Charlotte from their recent woes, as they dropped to 0-4 post-Rozier trade.
The situation with Lowry remained uncertain, with the Hornets actively seeking to trade him or explore a contract buyout.
Missing several key starters themselves, including LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, and Mark Williams, the Hornets faced an uphill battle against a relentless Knicks squad.
Despite the adversity, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau emphasized the team’s commitment to improvement and winning, regardless of the circumstances.
Randle’s absence due to a dislocated right shoulder marked the first game he missed this season. Thibodeau provided no definitive update on Randle’s condition, stating that the forward was still undergoing testing.
However, the Knicks showcased their adaptability, with Brunson expressing the team’s mindset of continuous improvement, regardless of who is on the court.
The game saw an intense third quarter where the Knicks, leading by three at halftime, erupted with an 8-of-10 shooting spree from beyond the arc. Brunson led the charge, scoring 15 points in the quarter, while DiVincenzo added 12.
The Knicks built an impressive 25-point lead, leaving the Hornets struggling to mount a comeback.
The pro-Knicks crowd was treated to a show, with chants of “Let’s go Knicks!” resonating through the arena as DiVincenzo knocked down crucial three-pointers.
Cody Martin of the Hornets acknowledged the challenge of defending Brunson, praising his footwork, scoring ability, and leadership.
As the Knicks extended their lead to 29 early in the fourth quarter, Miles McBride’s three-pointers further demoralized the Hornets. The frustration reached a boiling point for Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was ejected in the fourth quarter for vehemently arguing a no-call on an apparent elbow to Brandon Miller’s face.
Despite the ejection, Clifford acknowledged the importance of handling frustration, especially in challenging situations. The Hornets, now 10-35, find themselves in a rebuilding phase, while the Knicks’ seventh consecutive win reinforces their status as a formidable force in the Eastern Conference.

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