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Monk's big fourth quarter lifts Hornets past Knicks 101-92

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Nic Batum walked over to Malik Monk after Charlotte's 101-92 win over the New York Knicks on Monday night and told the reserve guard, ''thank you.''

''The starters have played a lot of minutes lately, especially on the road,'' Batum said. ''... We feel like we had heavy legs.''

Monk and the others on the Hornets' bench helped bail out the starters.

Kemba Walker finished with 15 points, and Charlotte got 63 points from its bench - including 15 from Tony Parker and 14 from Monk, who added four clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Hornets handed the Knicks their 10th straight loss.

The Hornets entered the fourth quarter tied, but Monk scored 12 points during a pivotal 17-1 run.

As they did in a 119-117 loss at Madison Square Garden last month, the Hornets struggled to shake the Knicks, shooting 36 percent overall and just 5 of 25 from beyond the arc in the first three quarters.

But trailing 75-73, Monk knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers, one coming on a nifty play from Walker, who delivered a wraparound pass from underneath the basket to an open Monk at the top of the key. Monk and Walker accounted for all 17 points during the crucial run.

Walker finished just 5 of 16 from the field, but made a big step-back 3 from the corner and assisted on three of Monk's 3s. The Hornets were 6 of 8 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.

Monk has struggled through some shooting slumps during the season and his defense has cost him playing time.

But Hornets coach James Borrego said he's getting better at both, particularly since the team's recent West Coast trip.

''You're going to miss shots, there's going to be days when you miss shots, but it's in your mind to keep going,'' Monk said. ''When you keep shooting the same way, the ball is going to fall in, so I just kept my same routine, kept shooting the same and I was able to knock them down.''

Said Borrego: ''He's one of those dynamic offensive players. He can get you 15 in a heartbeat. He can get hot quick. And I think he's getting better.''

Kevin Knox had 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 for the struggling Knicks, who have won one game since beating the Hornets on Dec. 14.

Knicks coach David Fizdale said his team continues to struggle against teams that switch on defense.

''Right now, it's about getting our guys to learn how to play against switching and not holding the basketball - it is our Achilles heel right now, learning how to play against a switching defense,'' Fizdale said.

TIP INS

Knicks: Outrebounded by the Hornets 53-45.

Hornets: Walker spoke to the crowd before the game and thanked them for voting for him and helping him become an All-Star game starter for the first time. ... Improved to 17-8 at home.

ALLEN SEES TIME

With Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay out, the Knicks brought up Kadeem Allen and he finished with eight points in 18 minutes. Allen played three years at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina - the same school as NBA great and Hornets owner Michael Jordan - before transferring prior to his senior season.

''It was cool playing at Laney. I got a couple of Jordans (shoes) and it was pretty cool to be represented by Jordan at that level,'' Allen said.

As for his future, he could see some playing time in the coming games with injuries mounting for New York.

''He's come a long way since we first got him,'' Fizdale said. ''I'm just really happy with his growth and he fits our identity. He's tough. He guards. He shares the ball. I just really, really like this kid.''

BENCH PLAY

Borrego was pleased with the play of his bench, as Willy Hernangomez had 11 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Miles Bridges had 11 points and eight rebounds.

''That's when we're at our best,'' Borrego said. ''Our depth is our strength. When you look at our group, for us to get this done this season and become a better team than we are right now it's the depth of our that's going to get it done.''

UP NEXT

Knicks: Host Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Hornets: Visit Celtics on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
E. Kanter
00 C
K. Walker
15 PG
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
24.7 Pts. Per Game 24.7
5.6 Ast. Per Game 5.6
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
54.1 Field Goal % 43.2
54.1 Three Point % 43.4
81.9 Free Throw % 81.6
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 0:14
  Kevin Knox missed reverse layup 0:16
  Marvin Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 2 Trey Burke made driving layup 0:46
  Offensive foul on Malik Monk 0:55
  Offensive foul on Malik Monk 0:55
  Traveling violation turnover on Tim Hardaway Jr. 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Noah Vonleh 1:19
  Malik Monk missed jump shot 1:22
+ 3 Tim Hardaway Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey Burke 1:40
  NY team rebound 1:50
Team Stats
Points 92 101
Field Goals 34-85 (40.0%) 39-95 (41.1%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 11-34 (32.4%)
Free Throws 17-26 (65.4%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 56 64
Offensive 7 14
Defensive 38 39
Team 11 11
Assists 19 25
Steals 6 3
Blocks 6 10
Turnovers 7 10
Fouls 15 20
Technicals 0 3
17 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
15 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Knicks 10-39 2429182192
home team logo Hornets 24-25 30241730101
Team Stats
away team logo Knicks 10-39 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Hornets 24-25 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Knox SF 12.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.1 APG 37.0 FG%
J. Lamb SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Knox SF 19 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
J. Lamb SG 15 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
40.0 FG% 41.1
30.4 3PT FG% 32.4
65.4 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Knox 19 3 1 7/16 3/4 2/3 3 34 1 0 1 2 1 +5 24
T. Hardaway Jr. 17 10 4 7/12 2/4 1/2 1 31 0 0 1 0 10 +10 34
T. Burke 9 2 3 4/11 1/2 0/0 1 24 0 1 1 0 2 +1 17
L. Thomas 5 2 1 1/5 0/3 3/4 1 22 1 0 0 0 2 +5 10
N. Vonleh 5 12 2 2/7 0/3 1/2 3 35 0 1 1 0 12 +7 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Knox 19 3 1 7/16 3/4 2/3 3 34 1 0 1 2 1 +5 24
T. Hardaway Jr. 17 10 4 7/12 2/4 1/2 1 31 0 0 1 0 10 +10 34
T. Burke 9 2 3 4/11 1/2 0/0 1 24 0 1 1 0 2 +1 17
L. Thomas 5 2 1 1/5 0/3 3/4 1 22 1 0 0 0 2 +5 10
N. Vonleh 5 12 2 2/7 0/3 1/2 3 35 0 1 1 0 12 +7 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Robinson 10 2 0 4/5 0/0 2/4 1 12 1 3 0 2 0 -16 16
M. Hezonja 9 4 2 4/11 0/2 1/2 0 25 1 1 3 0 4 -14 16
K. Allen 8 5 3 4/8 0/1 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 2 3 -6 19
A. Trier 7 3 3 0/7 0/3 7/8 1 21 0 0 0 0 3 -21 16
D. Dotson 3 2 0 1/3 1/1 0/1 2 14 2 0 0 1 1 -16 7
C. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Kanter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Ntilikina - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 45 19 34/85 7/23 17/26 15 236 6 6 7 7 38 -45 180
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lamb 15 9 3 6/12 1/4 2/2 1 27 1 1 0 2 7 +6 32
K. Walker 14 5 5 5/16 2/6 2/2 2 35 0 2 1 0 5 -1 30
M. Williams 7 7 3 3/12 1/8 0/0 0 36 0 1 0 0 7 -2 21
N. Batum 6 6 2 2/6 1/3 1/2 0 31 0 4 1 1 5 -8 19
B. Biyombo 6 1 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 1 -14 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lamb 15 9 3 6/12 1/4 2/2 1 27 1 1 0 2 7 +6 32
K. Walker 14 5 5 5/16 2/6 2/2 2 35 0 2 1 0 5 -1 30
M. Williams 7 7 3 3/12 1/8 0/0 0 36 0 1 0 0 7 -2 21
N. Batum 6 6 2 2/6 1/3 1/2 0 31 0 4 1 1 5 -8 19
B. Biyombo 6 1 0 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 1 -14 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Parker 15 1 4 6/13 1/3 2/3 0 19 0 0 1 1 0 +12 23
M. Monk 14 2 3 5/12 4/7 0/0 4 22 0 0 3 0 2 +14 19
W. Hernangomez 11 11 0 5/12 0/1 1/2 2 21 0 1 2 7 4 +9 21
M. Bridges 11 8 3 4/5 1/1 2/3 4 24 1 1 2 0 8 +19 25
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 2 3 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 6 9 1 0 0 3 0 +10 10
F. Kaminsky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 101 53 25 39/95 11/34 12/16 20 236 3 10 10 14 39 +45 207