Bug Spray, Knicks Zap HornetsDecember 12, 2009
New Orleans- Ladies and gentleman, the Knicks are streaking. New York held New Orleans to 96 points and scored the final 18 points of the fourth quarter to beat the Hornets 113-96 down in the big easy. It is their fifth win in six games and their fourth straight, a feat they have not done since January of 2006.
New York trailed 96-95 with less than five minutes left in the game, but Harrington and Duhon hit a barrage of baskets. Duhon sank back-to-back 3-pointers, and Harrington followed with two more as the Knicks put the game away. Duhon scored 22 points, and Wilson Chandler added 20 before fouling out with 5:15 left. David Lee, who scored a season-high 28 points when the Knicks beat the Hornets in New York, contributed 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
David West scored 20 to lead New Orleans, and Chris Paul added 13 points and 13 assists. The Hornets, who scored a season-high 62 points in the first half, managed just nine field goals in the second half and did not score after James Posey‘s putback gave them a 96-95 led with 4:57 left.
Duhon hit a long 3-pointer 14 seconds later, starting the onslaught. By the time the Hornets called a timeout with 2:59 left, they trailed 104-96. Harrington finished them off with another 3 on New York’s next possession.
The Knicks took their first lead of the game with a 12-3 run early in the third quarter. Harrington and Chandler scored inside before Duhon hit consecutive 3-pointers. His second 3 put the Knicks ahead 70-69 at the 6:13 mark. Neither team led by more than 4 for the rest of the quarter, but Jared Jeffries made his only basket of the night to give New York an 81-79 advantage entering the fourth.
Eddy Curry played in his first game sine injuring his knee, he scored two point in limited action. Nate Robinson was again regulated to the bench and earned another DNP. The Knicks resume play on Tuesday in Charlotte versus the Bobcats.