Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Friday, November 2nd
Game 2: Tuesday, December 18th
Game 3: Monday, January 21st
Game 4: Tuesday, April 2nd

Hornets 111

(19-21, 11-10 away)

Knicks 68

(14-25, 10-10 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    1:00 PM ET, January 21, 2002

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 39 21 32 19111
    NY 19 14 18 1768

    Top Performers

    Cha: B. Davis 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    NY: K. Thomas 16 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Blk

    Knicks hammered in eighth straight loss

    NEW YORK (AP) -- As if a season of brutal basketball wasn't bad enough for the New York Knicks, now they're being humiliated, too.

    Baron Davis, who had 24 points and nine assists, drives against the Knicks.

    In their most-lopsided home loss ever, the Knicks fell to the Charlotte Hornets 111-68 Monday for their eighth straight defeat.

    "It's an embarrassment," point guard Mark Jackson said.

    By the end of the game, which saddled the Knicks with their longest losing streak in 15 years, several players on the bench had towels covering their heads.

    Coach Don Chaney didn't like what he saw.

    "I thought they threw in the towel. I thought they gave up," he said.

    Latrell Sprewell was scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting as the Knicks were held to their lowest point total of the season. The only other time in his NBA career he failed to score was on Nov. 9, 1995, when he missed all seven shots while playing for Golden State against Atlanta.

    "I don't think we're treating the job as seriously as we need to," said Allan Houston, who scored 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

    "Our starters need to step up and make the right changes and hold ourselves accountable," he said. "This was the worst we represented ourselves since I've been here."

    New York shot a season-worst 30 percent.

    "I can't tell you what it is but bad basketball," Jackson said. "Top to bottom it's just bad."

    The Knicks' previous worst home defeat was a 132-93 rout by Milwaukee on April 10, 1987. New York had not dropped eight in a row since Dec. 5-20, 1986.

    "Latrell and Allan must play at a certain level for us to win. We may have to make some changes in the lineup," Chaney said.

    Baron Davis scored 24 points, leading six Hornets in double figures.

    "Usually we let teams right back in the ballgame," Davis said. "Today, our defensive intensity was there the whole game."

    The blowout began early. The score was tied at 11 when the Hornets broke away with a 22-0 burst.

    Charlotte led 39-19 after the first quarter, then held New York to only 14 points in the second period and took a 60-33 halftime advantage.

    The Hornets extended their lead to 43 points in the third quarter and sent the Knicks to their most-lopsided loss since Indiana beat them 131-86 on Feb. 20, 1980.

    Davis, who also had nine assists, did not play at all in the fourth quarter. Neither did Davis Wesley or Lee Nailon, who each scored 16 points.

    Elden Campbell added 13 points, Jamaal Magloire had 12 and Bryce Drew 10 for the Hornets.

    Kurt Thomas led the Knicks with 16 points and Othella Harrington added 14.

    "We just couldn't get it done out there today," Thomas said. "It was the worst game I have ever been a part of."

    Game notes
    The Knicks slipped to 13-3 when playing on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. ... New York's Shandon Anderson played in his 374th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA. ... The opposing head coaches, Paul Silas and Don Chaney, were teammates on the Celtics' 1974 championship team. ... Newly acquired New York Mets first baseman Mo Vaughn sat at courtside.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 68
    FGM-FGA 40-78 (.513) 25-83 (.301)
    3PM-3PA 6-11 (.545) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 25-30 (.833) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-48 14-37
    Assists 27 15
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 12 5
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 10 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 24 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Kurt Thomas Thomas
    Points: 16
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1