Kemba Walker scored 25 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter and the Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 119-107 victory over the Knicks on Sunday night.
Walker, a native New Yorker, turned his only scheduled appearance at Madison Square Garden this season into another solid performance. He finished 8 of 20 from the field, made four 3-pointers, and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals.
The Hornets (13-13) won their second straight, following an impressive home win over Denver on Friday night. They never trailed and led by as many as 28 in the third quarter. It was their first wire-to-wire win of the season.
The Hornets also got 19 points from Jeremy Lamb, 16 points from Tony Parker, 13 points from Marvin Williams and 12 points from Cody Zeller. They shot 48.3 percent from the field and were 23 of 27 from the free-throw line (85.2 percent).
Kevin Knox led the Knicks (8-20) with 26 points off the bench. The Knicks, who lost their fourth in a row, also got 21 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 18 from Frank Ntilikina. They lost Coach David Fizdale when he was ejected midway through the fourth quarter for arguing with the officials.
Charlotte led, 27-24, after one quarter and then led by as many as 18 in the second quarter before settling for a 61-47 halftime lead. The Hornets then opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run to make it 77-49. Charlotte eventually led, 99-78, after three quarters.
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