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Hornets aim to keep streak alive vs. Knicks

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets

  1. The home team had won seven straight games in this series before Charlotte's 119-107 win in New York on Sunday. The Hornets have won eight in a row at home against the Knicks going back to January 2014.
  2. Charlotte has its first three-game win streak of the season after Wednesday's last-second 108-107 win over Detroit. The Hornets have played an NBA-high 12 games decided by five or fewer points, going 4-8.
  3. The Knicks are allowing an average 116.4 over their current five-game losing streak. They have allowed 110 or more points in eight straight games, their longest such streak since a nine-gamer ending in March of 1989.
  4. Over his last seven road games, Enes Kanter is averaging 17.0 points and 13.7 rebounds, with six double-doubles. His 11 road double-doubles this season are tied for third most in the NBA.
  5. Tim Hardaway Jr. is on pace to set franchise records for three-pointers made (3.0) and attempted (8.2) per game. The current records are 2.7 and 7.6, respectively, both by John Starks in 1994-95.
  6. Kemba Walker had 31 points, nine assists and eight rebounds on Wednesday, his first career game reaching those minimums. He has led the Hornets in scoring and assists in 13 games this season, the third most such games in the NBA (DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard, 14 each).

CHARLOTTE -- All eyes will be on the Charlotte bench on Friday night when the streaking Hornets host the tail-spinning New York Knicks.

Hornets reserve Malik Monk earned the national spotlight Wednesday night when he twice got bopped on the back of the head by team owner Michael Jordan for prematurely celebrating what turned out to be a 108-107 home win over Detroit.

Monk and fellow reserve Bismack Biyombo ran onto the court after teammate Jeremy Lamb had hit what appeared in their minds to be a game-winning jumper, only to be informed that there were still three-tenths of a second remaining.

The Charlotte bench was assessed a technical foul, which the Pistons converted to get within one point, before failing on a desperation attempt at the buzzer.

Jordan, seated at courtside, was then seen on Charlotte television station WCCB gently slapping Monk on the head for his part in potentially blowing the game.

"It was a tap of endearment -- I didn't mean to project anything other than that," Jordan felt compelled to announce through a spokesperson in the wake of the incident having made national news. "It was like a big brother-and-little brother tap. No negative intent -- only love!"

Monk had contributed seven points to the win. He had nine off the bench when the Hornets won 119-107 at New York on Sunday.

That win was part of Charlotte's current three-game winning streak, and the Knicks' current five-game skid.

New York began a three-game trip with a 113-106 loss at Cleveland on Wednesday.

On their day off Thursday, the Knicks gave their fans a bit of good news when they locked up promising two-way player Allonzo Trier to a restructured contract that runs through the end of next season.

Trier, who had a controversial college career at Arizona, went undrafted in June, then received only a two-way offer from the Knicks.

Under rules of that agreement, the rookie was allowed to spend no more than 45 days this season with the Knicks. With that allotment about to be exhausted next week, the club elected to redo his deal, which will allow him to finish the season with the team.

Trier, who currently is out of the lineup with a hamstring injury, ranks fifth on the Knicks in scoring at 11.3 points per game and third in 3-point field goal percentage at 39.1.

To make room for Trier, the Knicks waived Ron Baker, a move that saddened New York coach David Fizdale.

"It's always the toughest part of the business, anything you have to make a decision about a young man's career," Fizdale told reporters Thursday. "It's not always that you are not good enough. It's not that situation at all. Especially not this group. That's a tough part of our business."

Baker came off the bench to score five points in nine minutes in the loss to Charlotte on Sunday. It was his first action since Nov. 28.

Two of Trier's fellow rookies -- first-round pick Kevin Knox (26 points) and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson (six) -- contributed 32 points to Sunday's loss.

Updated December 13, 2018

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