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Knicks hammered in eighth straight loss

1/23/2002

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.

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.