Bridges score 38, Hornets beat the Knicks without ball

NEW YORK (AP) – Miles Bridges scored a career-high 38 points and snatched 12 rebounds, leading the Charlotte Hornets to …

NEW YORK (AP) – Miles Bridges scored a career-high 38 points and snatched 12 rebounds, leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 97-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday.

Terry Rozier added 22 points. He and Bridges combined to surpass the Knicks alone in the first half as Charlotte returned nicely from a loss to Orlando that ended its four-game winning streak.

The Hornets played without LaMelo Ball, but did not miss their flashy point guard, with the Bridges driving them to a strong start. He scored 28 points in the first half and got the basket that equaled his previous high of 35 in the fourth quarter with a spectacular baseline drive and reverse scoop that made teammates laugh.

Rozier had 17 in the first half as Charlotte led 62-44.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett each scored 18 points for the Knicks, who had their three-game winning streak snatched.

Ball was listed as questionable with an illness unrelated to COVID-19, but the Hornets said just before the start that he was available to play. Ball sat on the bench with his teammates to watch Bridges and Rozier’s impressive performances.

Bridges was 7 for 8 in the first quarter for 22 points. The Knicks barely surpassed him, with Charlotte leading 34-23.

He started the second quarter on the bench and the Knicks immediately ran from seven straight points to get within four. The Hornets set time, put Bridges back after just under a two-minute break and quickly regained control.

Bridges had the final three baskets in an 8-0 run that extended the lead to 45-33, a lead that grew to 18 at the break after Rozier made 3-pointers to their final two baskets.

Bridges, who shot 14 for 20, made a 3-pointer late in the third, giving Charlotte its biggest lead at 86-63.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Gordon Hayward scored 16 points. …. The Bridges have seven games with 30 points this season. He had three in his first three seasons. … Kelly Oubre was out due to health and safety protocols.

Knicks: Pointguard Kemba Walker missed his ninth game in a row with a sore left knee. … Coach Tom Thibodeau celebrated his 64th birthday. … Mayor Eric Adams addressed the audience at Martin Luther King Jr. The day before the match, saying that just like “Dr. King wanted the ball in his hands” during the civil rights movement, New Yorkers wanted it to now lead the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. “Let’s win this for Team New York and Team America,” Adams said.

HOT HALF

The Hornets said the Bridges were just the fourth Charlotte player in the last 25 years with at least 28 points in a first half, and two have come against the Knicks in the last two seasons.

Hayward also had 28 against New York in Charlotte on January 11, 2021. Walker had 35 against Memphis on March 22, 2018, while Glen Rice had 28 against Phoenix on February 19, 1997.

NEXT

Hornets: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

Knicks: Hosted Minnesota on Tuesday.

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