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Knicks 124, Hornets 101: Scenes from a rare Knicks victory

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A blowout, no less.

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The New York Knicks put an end to a nine-game losing streak in enthusiastic fashion, crushing the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 124-101.

The ‘Bockers spat in the face of their greatest enemy, the third quarter. Usually New York’s bugaboo, the third quarter became a springboard on Saturday night as they turned a seven-point halftime lead into a blowout tanks to a 42-17 period. The starters dominated, turned it over to the bench, and the bench dominated even harder.

Frank Ntilikina had a career-high 15 points in this one, capped off by a four-point play.

That’s how you reach a career-high @frank_ntilikina! for 4️⃣

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And it wasn’t like he got all of those points in garbage time—Frank scored 7 points in the first half.

Frank starting off on

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Hell, he didn’t even get much garbage time—Jeff Hornacek took him out for Jarrett Jack with seven minutes remaining.

All told Frank got 20 minutes of playing time after Hornacek told reporters pre-game that Lance Thomas needed to start for the missing Courtney Lee because he was needed to check Nicolas Batum. Whatever. Frank overcomes.

Recap to come.