National Basketball Association
Charlotte 97, New York 87
When: 1:00 PM ET, Monday, January 17, 2022
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials: #8 Marc Davis, #68 Jacyn Goble, #72 JT Orr
Attendance: 19812

Miles Bridges scored early and often on the way to a career-high 38 points as the visiting Charlotte Hornets drubbed the New York Knicks 97-87 on Monday afternoon.

Bridges shot 14-for-20 from the field, making five 3-pointers, and was 5-for-5 on free throws. He had 28 of Charlotte's first 45 points.

Terry Rozier provided 22 points and Gordon Hayward had 16 points as the Hornets won for the fifth time in their last six games -- the exception coming Friday with a loss to struggling Orlando.

The Hornets won this one without point guard LaMelo Ball, who was listed on the injury report with a non-COVID illness. The team announced he was available to play, but it turns out he wasn't needed.

Rozier picked up some of the play-making duties with seven assists. Bridges was next among the Hornets with five assists.

Charlotte used only eight players, other than a two-minute stretch from Nick Richards. It won despite only a total of seven points from its reserves, with normal super-sub Kelly Oubre Jr. remaining in the league's health and safety protocol.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett both notched 18 points for the Knicks, who shot 40 percent from the field. Immanuel Quickley had 12 points and Obi Toppin supplied 11 points for New York, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The Knicks, who finished just 11 of 21 on foul shots, made the final score respectable by finishing the game on a 16-3 run.

Bridges, who also ended up with a team-high 12 rebounds, racked up 22 points in the first quarter. He didn't score in the first four minutes of the second quarter before picking up the offensive pace again.

The Hornets led 62-44 at halftime.

Barrett's 12 rebounds and Randle's 10 boards were tops for New York in that category.

New York finished with 15 turnovers compared to just seven for the Hornets.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Charlotte   New York
Miles Bridges 38 Scoring RJ Barrett 18
Terry Rozier 7 Assists Immanuel Quickley 7
Miles Bridges 12 Rebounds RJ Barrett 12
Miles Bridges 5 Free Throws Made Alec Burks 3
Gordon Hayward 2 Steals RJ Barrett 2
Miles Bridges 1 Blocks Evan Fournier 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Charlotte 97 41.9 14-39 11-17 23 39 2 6 7
New York 87 40.0 12-34 11-21 22 53 4 7 15
Upcoming Games
  • New York will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Knicks have a W/L % of .391 after a win and .619 after a loss.
  • Charlotte will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Hornets have a W/L % of .565 after a win and .524 after a loss.