NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
New York 27 19 29 26 101
Charlotte 30 26 29 22 107
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT23:00 , February 26, 2020
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina  Attendance: 13,152

Hornets try to bring road mentality home vs. Knicks

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Charlotte Hornets

  1. Charlotte has won 10 of its last 11 home games against the Knicks, including a 97-92 victory on January 28. New York's lone win over that span came on December 14, 2018 in overtime, 126-124.
  2. The Hornets have been held under 90 points and 36 percent shooting in back-to-back games, losing both. They rank last in the NBA in both scoring (102.2 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.431) for the season.
  3. The Knicks have lost four straight games on the heels of a season-long four-game win streak that opened the month. With its next win, New York would exceed last season's win total (17-65), something three other NBA teams have already done so far in 2019-20 (Lakers, Suns and Mavericks).
  4. RJ Barrett is averaging 15.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting at home this season, compared to 12.1 points on 35.3 percent shooting on the road. His 13.9 points per game overall ranks third among NBA rookies (minimum 30 G).
  5. Terry Rozier has raised his scoring average from 9.0 points per game last season with Boston to 17.4 in the current season, the third-largest jump in the NBA (+8.4; played in minimum 70 percent of team's games both seasons). He had a game-high 30 points in Charlotte's January 28 win over the Knicks.
  6. PJ Washington is 8-for-16 from three-point range over his last three games, after going 0-for-17 from beyond the arc over his previous seven contests. He and RJ Barrett are the only two rookies averaging at least 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 three-pointers this season.

The Charlotte Hornets have to take their road mentality to the court for home games.

And even that will need an adjustment.

The Hornets get their next shot at it Wednesday night, when they host the New York Knicks at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

The Hornets were aiming for their fourth straight road victory Tuesday night at Indiana, but lost 119-80 -- Charlotte's lowest point total of the season.

Some of that could have been related to guard Devonte' Graham not playing. He sat out to rest, something that might aid him as he has slumped in the past week.

The disturbing part for Charlotte is that it had developed a good mindset for road games.

"Coach says we kind of play with our back against the wall on the road," Hornets post player Cody Zeller told reporters, referring to coach James Borrego. Zeller noted that the pace of play tends to vary a lot for the team.

"Trying to find that happy medium is something we have to get better at," Zeller said.

Guard Malik Monk made his first career start for Charlotte and produced eight points Tuesday.

The Knicks have lost four games in a row, with many of the problems stemming from defense. Coach Mike Miller said the defense has to come together, and that includes rebounding to close the possessions for opponents.

That was clearly evident after Monday night's 123-112 loss at Houston, in which the Knicks surrendered 72 points in the first half.

The Hornets have concerns about defense, as well. That tends to be a focal point, particularly because Charlotte has had trouble locking down foes after building leads.

"We have to make sure we communicate on defense," Hornets forward Cody Martin said.

"It's something we try to emphasize each game is amp up our rebounding. Making sure we close possessions out with one shot (for the opponent)."

The Knicks have failed to reach 100 points in three of their last five games. This is the front end of a back-to-back for the Knicks, who go to Philadelphia on Thursday night to end a three-game road trip.

The Knicks are still looking for the right combinations, and it seems to be an ongoing topic. Miller has tweaked roles for some players to try to maximize their production.

"We think the guys are versatile and we can move them around in different ways," Miller said.

Rookie guard RJ Barrett has been more of a factor in some recent games.

"The guys went to him and he made some plays," Miller said of a recent development.

The Hornets keep working on their approach, and it certainly didn't work out in Tuesday night's game. The consistency level that's needed hasn't been attained.

"Part of it is growing pains of learning the NBA," Zeller said. "... That's what this year was for. We've gotten better throughout the year."

Knicks guard Elfrid Payton has missed the past two games because of an injured right ankle. This could mean an expanded role for guard Dennis Smith Jr. as he plays a game in his home state.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 26, 2020

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