Rapid Reaction: Hornets 89, Knicks 85
February, 17, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Jeremy Lin and the Knicks' winning streak ended at seven Friday night with an 89-85 loss to New Orleans.
Lin had 26 points but also recorded an unmanageable nine turnovers as the Knicks fell to a Hornets team that entered the Garden with a 6-23 record and just three road wins.
Prior to the loss, Lin had led the Knicks to seven straight wins. His streak began Feb. 4, and included a 38-point night against Los Angeles and a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds to play against Toronto. Along the way, the undrafted guard from Harvard captured the attention of the sports world.
With Friday's loss, the Knicks (15-16) missed out on a chance to get one game over .500 for the first time since Jan. 12.
They trimmed the Hornets' 13-point third-quarter lead to two with 1:06 to play on the strength of two Lin free throws.
But they would get no closer, missing three of their final four shots.
THE BAD: Lin set an NBA record for turnovers with 45 in his first seven starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lin's mark is the highest since the league began keeping individual stats in 1977-78. He broke Glenn Robinson's record of 38 turnovers. The Hornets were extremely physical with Lin all night; Greivis Vasquez and Jarrett Jack did a good job slowing Lin. The Harvard grad had eight turnovers in the first half. That tied his career high for a half (8 in 2nd half vs. Utah).
PERIMETER DEFENSE/OFFENSE: The Knicks held the Hornets to 42 percent shooting but they hit seven of 12 3-point attempts (58 percent). New Orleans' consistent penetration led to open looks. Trevor Ariza (25 points) hit four of seven 3-point attempts.
The Knicks could have used new signee J.R. Smith on Friday. They finished 4-for-24 from beyond the arc.
THE GOOD: Amare Stoudemire had 26 points and 12 rebounds. He made 12 of 21 shots. Tyson Chandler had 10 points and 11 rebounds but got into foul trouble.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday in New York. It's the first time Chandler will face his old team. The Mavs have gotten it together after a rough start and will be the Knicks' toughest opponent in the Lin era since they faced Los Angeles last Friday.
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