RJ Barrett scored 18 of his 24 points in a massive third quarter for the New York Knicks as they outscored the Charlotte Hornets 109-97 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
The Knicks (32-27) shot 48.2% from the field, benefiting from a boost from reservists Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley, who each accumulated 17 points.
Julius Randle and Reggie Bullock scored 16 points each. Randle also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, although his streak with 30 or more points ended at four.
Charlotte (28-29) was led by PJ Washington, who came off the bench for 26. The Hornets have lost five of their last six games. They were leading 66-60 at halftime, but were outscored 31-16 in the third quarter.
Hawks 112, magic 96
Trae Young, wearing glasses for the first time due to injury, scored 25 points and Lou Williams (NYSE 🙂 came off the bench to score 22 as host Atlanta downed Orlando.
The Hawks (32-26) have won back-to-back wins and nine of their last 11 games. Atlanta improved to six games above .500 for the first time since March 11, 2017. Orlando (18-40) has lost three straight games and nine of its last 10 games.
Young wore glasses to protect his right eyelid, which was scratched in a Sunday game against the Indiana Pacers. Young never looked comfortable – and took the glasses off several times during the game – but still shot 7 for 16 from the field while recording seven assists, five rebounds and five turnovers.
Nets 134, Pelicans 129
Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and Joe Harris had 24 to lead seven Brooklyn players in double digits as the shorthanded Nets held host New Orleans.
Landry Shamet added 18, Blake Griffin scored 16, Jeff Green had 15 and Bruce Brown had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Nets (39-19) played without James Harden, Kevin Durant, Nicolas Claxton and Reggie Perry.
Zion Williamson scored 33, Brandon Ingram 27, Lonzo Ball (NYSE 🙂 and Naji Marshall added 15 each, and Kira Lewis Jr. had 11 to lead the Pelicans (25-33), who lost their fourth consecutive match.
Clippers 113, Trail Blazers 112
Paul George made two free throws with 4.8 seconds left to cap off a 33-point effort and propel Los Angeles to a victory over host Portland.
George scored the last six points of the game as the Clippers (41-19) won for the 15th time in the last 18 games. Marcus Morris Sr. added 16 points as Los Angeles beat the Trail Blazers for the sixth consecutive time.
CJ McCollum scored 28 points for Portland (32-25) but missed a jump just before time ran out. The loss was the seventh in 10 games for the Trail Blazers.
Timberwolves 134, Kings 120
D’Angelo Russell scored 26 of his 28 points in the first half and rookie Anthony Edwards also had 28 as Minnesota clinched a victory over Sacramento for their first road win in just over a month.
Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 26 points and 18 rebounds as Minnesota won for the third time in its last six games. The Timberwolves improved to 16-43 and no longer have the worst record in the NBA.
Harrison Barnes and Maurice Harkless each scored 20 points while Chimezie Metu had 16 as Sacramento (23-35) lost for the 10th time in the last 11 games.
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