Hornets' backcourt duo teams to topple Knicks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jeremy Lin and Kemba Walker scored 26 points each, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the New York Knicks 97-84 on Saturday night for their third win in the past four games.
Lin and Walker were a combined 19-for-19 from the free-throw line. Charlotte only shot 34 percent from the field but made 32 of 37 free throws.
P.J. Hairston chipped in with a season-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who beat the Knicks for the fifth straight time at home.
"We looked just completely worn down and worn out," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.
Derrick Williams led the Knicks with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
•PELICANS HEAT UP: Ryan Anderson felt ill during warmups but scored 23 points with a season-high six three-pointers, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 116-99 win over the visiting Bucks. New Orleans trailed 71-69 after Milwaukee's Khris Middleton scored 14 points in the first 9 minutes of the third quarter, but the Pelicans responded with a 31-14 run. Anderson's sixth three-pointer gave the Pelicans a 100-83 lead with 6:30 left. "I was just thinking about getting through it with how bad I felt," he said. "I didn't feel very good, but I had a ton of open looks because of the way that we moved the ball. It was just great basketball." Anthony Davis had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists for New Orleans, which hit a season-best 17 of 31 three-pointers. Jrue Holiday added 13 points and nine assists off the bench. Middleton and Greg Monroe each scored 22 for Milwaukee, which had all five starters in double figures but got only 16 points from its reserves.
•QUIET MILESTONE: Carmelo Anthony scored only nine points in a little less than three quarters in the Knicks' loss but passed Gary Payton and became No. 30 all-time on the NBA career scoring list.
•SUB-.500 FILL-IN: Bucks acting head coach Joe Prunty finished 8-9 in his stint filling in for Jason Kidd, who has been out since the third week of December following hip surgery. Kidd, who was 11-18 before being sidelined, will return to the bench for Milwaukee's game against Orlando on Tuesday night.