This was a physical game. The Knicks struggled early, but eventually cruised past the Hornets in New Orleans to start a three game road trip. Carmelo Anthony led the offense early, scoring 19 of his 29 in the first quarter. Anthony shot 12-22 from the field, but there were a couple of plays when he should have passed off. One example was in the third quarter. Anthony took on the Hornets one on four and as a result failed to score.
The Hornets' unheralded bench cut a 14-point lead in the second quarter to crawl back into the game. The Knicks only led by 5 at the half. But the Hornets, without Anthony Davis or Eric Gordon, were no match in the second half. The third quarter decided things. Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith each scored 15. Ronnie Brewer continued his hot three point shooting, going 2-5 and chipping in 10 points.
Steve Novak has struggled to shoot the ball from long range this season. He was a woeful 2 for 10 in this one. But Felton picked him up with a 5 for 6 day from out there.The Knicks continued their ball control ways only turning it over 10 times.
The Knicks won 102-80 to advance to 8-1.