Knicks Too Much for Hornets in Vegas
By Shane Skeary, bobcats.com
The Hornets were unable to stop an undefeated New York Knicks team despite 18 points a piece from Cody Zeller and P.J. Hairston as they suffered a 95-72 defeat on July 14 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, marking their third-consecutive loss of the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League.
Charlotte continued its trend of poor starts and watched another opponent lead wire-to-wire. New York took advantage early, jumping out a 21-8 lead. The Knicks would continue to pour it on the struggling Hornets, extending their lead to as many as 32 in the second quarter. The Knicks kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second half, grabbing their biggest lead of the game (40) and never looked back as they secured the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Charlotte did shoot their best percentage of the summer from the field (40.7 percent) and from three (38.7 percent), but shot just 61.8 from the stripe. New York was more efficient from the field, as they shot a scorching 54.3 percent and a perfect 100.0 percent (15-of-15) from the line… The Knicks took advantage of the Hornets on the glass, outrebounding them 32-23 and were able to force 16 Hornet turnovers while giving the ball up just 13 times… Charlotte was able to limit the number of committed fouls (19), while New York committed an astounding 39… The Hornets were able to defend the rim with some success, tallying five blocked shots to just two for the Knicks.
HORNETS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cody Zeller made his 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League debut and tied a team-high in points (18) shooting 6-of-13 from the field. Zeller added four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot to his stat line.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeremy Tyler led the Knicks as he tied a game-high in points (19) while adding eight rebounds and three assists for New York in the win.
The Hornets saw their record fall to 0-3 in the 2014 Samsung NBA Summer League, while the Knicks improved to a perfect 3-0… Rookie P.J. Hairston finished in double-figures for the second-straight game as he finished tied for a team-high in points with 18, while adding four rebounds and two assists… Fellow rookie Noah Vonleh had another solid game for the Hornets as he also finished in double-figures for the second-straight game (13 points). Vonleh had a team-high five rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes.
Since the standings determine who the Hornets next opponent will be, Charlotte will have to wait until all games are played July 15. The game will be shown on NBA TV.