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Kaminsky ties season high with 24, Hornets top Knicks 109-91

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Frank Kaminsky snapped out of his slump, and not surprisingly so did the Charlotte Hornets.

Kaminsky scored 15 of his season high-tying 24 points in the first half to give the Hornets a jolt off the bench in a 109-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

''There's 82 games and you can control your effort for every single game,'' Kaminsky said. ''When I come out and just play, I think I'm a completely different player.''

Kaminsky didn't miss a shot until the fourth quarter, finishing 10 of 13 overall and 4 of 6 on 3-pointers to provide a boost for a Hornets bench that has struggled so much lately that interim head coach Stephen Silas has shortened the playing rotation.

Kaminsky ended a slump that had lasted since he returned from a sprained right ankle on Dec. 6. He had scored 28 points in the previous four games while converting only 11 of 34 shots.

''(He) just played (and) didn't worry about making mistakes, didn't worry about his shot fake and his shot and all that other stuff,'' Charlotte interim coach Stephen Silas said. ''He was just playing the game the way he knows he can. Hopefully we'll see that as we go forward with guys like Nic (Batum), guys like Frank and then the other guys, especially our bench guys, getting a little bit more consistency and confidence.''

Silas was able to use all 12 of his players in a game in which Charlotte (11-19) led by as much as 27 points.

The Hornets snapped a three-game skid and ended the Knicks' four-game winning streak.

Kaminsky entered late in the first quarter with the Hornets trailing 15-11 and he soon sparked a 22-4 run that turned a 19-15 deficit into a 37-23 lead with 10:25 left in the first half.

Later, Kaminsky had eight points in a 17-3 surge that extended a 41-30 lead to 58-33 with 3:22 left in the half.

''Well, when Kaminsky was in there he was able to spread them out,'' New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. ''And once he hits his first couple, he's a tough guy to deal with.''

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Marvin Williams scored 12 points and Dwight Howard finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte.

Michael Beasley scored 23 points for New York.

''We missed shots we usually make,'' Knicks forward Lance Thomas said. ''We missed a lot of layups at the basket and a bunch of open threes from some of our better shooters on the team.

TIP INS:

Knicks: Forward Kristaps Porzingis missed his second straight game with left knee soreness. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis went through shootaround Monday morning before the decision was made.... Guard Tim Hardaway Jr., missed his ninth game with a stress injury to his left leg.

Hornets: Monday marked two full weeks that Silas has filled in for Steve Clifford while Clifford continues to deal with an undisclosed health issue. ''He's pretty much at where he was a couple weeks ago, so I speak to him every day,'' Silas said. ''...I talked to him yesterday for quite a while and he's kind of still in the same place, trying to figure out what's going on and we're just kind of subbing right now.''

SHOOTAROUND DECISION

The decision to sit Porzingis came after Monday morning's shootaround. ''It still kind of felt like it did the other night, so we're going to hold him out again,'' Hornacek said. ''... He went through shootaround and kind of did the same routine he did the other day, just to test the different ways that he moves. And he still felt it.''

HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE

Monday's win was Charlotte's seventh straight on its home court over the Knicks. New York's last win in Charlotte was in November 2013.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Celtics on Thursday night.

Hornets: Host Raptors on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Porzingis
6 PF
K. Walker
15 PG
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
21.9 Pts. Per Game 21.9
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
46.5 Field Goal % 41.6
46.5 Three Point % 41.6
84.8 Free Throw % 86.3
  Defensive rebound by Mangok Mathiang 0:14
  Willy Hernangomez missed hook shot 0:17
  Out of bounds turnover on Johnny O'Bryant 0:23
  Bad pass turnover on Ron Baker, stolen by Dwayne Bacon 0:35
  Out of bounds turnover on Johnny O'Bryant 0:45
+ 1 Ron Baker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:00
+ 1 Ron Baker made 1st of 2 free throws 1:00
  Personal foul on Julyan Stone 1:00
  Bad pass turnover on Julyan Stone, stolen by Ron Baker 1:01
  Out of bounds turnover on Willy Hernangomez 1:11
+ 2 Malik Monk made jump shot, assist by Julyan Stone 1:30
Team Stats
Points 91 109
Field Goals 36-86 (41.9%) 43-88 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 3-18 (16.7%) 9-20 (45.0%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 47 54
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 27 35
Team 10 7
Assists 21 30
Steals 10 10
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 17 19
Fouls 16 16
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
24 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Knicks 16-14 2319222791
home team logo Hornets 11-19 29312821109
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 16-14 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 11-19 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
M. Beasley PF PPG RPG APG FG%
F. Kaminsky PF 11.1 PPG 3.6 RPG 1.6 APG 42.9 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Beasley PF 23 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
F. Kaminsky PF 24 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
41.9 FG% 48.9
16.7 3PT FG% 45.0
80.0 FT% 87.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 31 23 9 1 0 2 4 3 9/20 2/4 3/4 3 6 32 -16
J. Jack 24 12 1 7 0 0 2 2 5/10 0/2 2/2 0 1 25 -9
E. Kanter 22 11 3 0 3 0 0 2 5/8 0/0 1/2 1 2 17 -12
L. Thomas 24 5 6 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 0/3 1/1 4 2 12 -12
C. Lee 24 2 2 2 0 0 3 0 1/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 5 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Beasley 31 23 9 1 0 2 4 3 9/20 2/4 3/4 3 6 32 -16
J. Jack 24 12 1 7 0 0 2 2 5/10 0/2 2/2 0 1 25 -9
E. Kanter 22 11 3 0 3 0 0 2 5/8 0/0 1/2 1 2 17 -12
L. Thomas 24 5 6 0 1 0 0 1 2/9 0/3 1/1 4 2 12 -12
C. Lee 24 2 2 2 0 0 3 0 1/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 5 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. O'Quinn 15 10 3 2 1 1 2 4 5/6 0/0 0/0 0 3 17 -11
F. Ntilikina 23 10 2 3 1 0 2 1 4/7 0/0 2/2 0 2 17 -9
W. Hernangomez 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 0 4 +6
D. McDermott 23 4 3 1 1 0 0 2 1/7 1/3 1/2 0 3 10 -10
R. Baker 19 4 2 3 1 1 1 0 0/4 0/2 4/4 0 2 13 -15
D. Dotson 11 4 2 2 1 0 1 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 1 10 0
J. Noah 6 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 1 5 +6
R. Sessions 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 +6
T. Hardaway Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 91 37 21 10 5 17 16 36/86 3/18 16/20 10 27 168 -90
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 33 15 10 2 1 1 1 1 6/14 0/0 3/3 4 6 30 +6
M. Williams 18 12 3 0 1 1 2 1 5/7 2/3 0/0 0 3 15 0
D. Howard 28 11 10 3 0 0 2 3 3/10 0/0 5/6 5 5 25 +10
N. Batum 31 9 4 4 2 2 3 0 4/7 1/1 0/0 2 2 22 +9
K. Walker 29 9 1 6 3 0 2 1 4/13 0/4 1/1 0 1 23 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 33 15 10 2 1 1 1 1 6/14 0/0 3/3 4 6 30 +6
M. Williams 18 12 3 0 1 1 2 1 5/7 2/3 0/0 0 3 15 0
D. Howard 28 11 10 3 0 0 2 3 3/10 0/0 5/6 5 5 25 +10
N. Batum 31 9 4 4 2 2 3 0 4/7 1/1 0/0 2 2 22 +9
K. Walker 29 9 1 6 3 0 2 1 4/13 0/4 1/1 0 1 23 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 27 24 5 2 0 2 1 3 10/13 4/6 0/0 0 5 34 +18
J. Lamb 29 9 8 4 1 0 0 2 3/9 1/3 2/2 0 8 26 +20
J. O'Bryant 16 9 3 3 1 0 3 2 4/9 1/3 0/0 1 2 16 +9
M. Carter-Williams 15 7 1 4 0 0 3 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 0 1 13 +11
M. Monk 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -2
J. Stone 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 0
M. Mathiang 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
D. Bacon 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 0
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 47 30 10 6 19 16 43/88 9/20 14/16 12 35 213 +90