Knicks bursts in every way for the seventh consecutive win

Seven more assists for Julius Randle.

Eleven more 3-pointers from backcourt men RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock.

Countless more gains from the nasty central tandem of Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson. And another defensive gem for the Knicks in the second half, keeping the Hornets at 31 points.

It all turned into a Lucky 7 when some 2,000 socially estranged Garden fans gave the club a standing ovation at the last minute.

The Knicks won their seventh straight game Tuesday by posting a 109-97 victory over Charlotte, rebounding from a six-point deficit at halftime after an initial first half when their defense was asleep.

The Knicks woke up enough to record their longest winning streak since notching eight straight wins during a 2014 playoff push that fell short.

This playoff push is progressing smoothly. They moved to fifth place at 32-27, a half game behind the Hawks for fourth place. Atlanta visits the Garden on Wednesday in what is shaping up to be a potential battle for home advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Reggie Bullock high-fives RJ Barrett during the Knicks' win tonight.
Reggie Bullock high-fives RJ Barrett during the Knicks’ win tonight.
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Barrett bombarded the Hornets in the third quarter with 18 points and finished with 24. After going 1-for-8 in the first half, Barrett, as is his custom, did not lose a shred of confidence and shot a perfect 4-for- 4 from the 3 point range.

Derrick Rose had his second solid outing in a row, scoring 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting.

Randle, the current Eastern Conference Player of the Week, started a new week with 18 points, seven assists and 10 rebounds.

After hitting 13 of 19 from deep in the first half, the Hornets shot 1 of 9 in the third quarter as the Knicks stiffened. The Knicks started the second half on a 16-4 streak in the first 3:40 minutes.

The Knicks shot out the door like a thoroughbred early on, leading 12-3 and 17-8, making four of their first five triples.

So the Knicks couldn’t defend the 3-point line. The Knicks’ league-best three-point defense was shattered in the first half as the Hornets took a 66-60 lead at intermission.

Hornets point guard Terry Rozier, who will certainly be a person of interest in the exchange market this summer, hit two 3-pointers in a row in the final 30 seconds to give Charlotte a boost.

The first quarter was stolen by sophomore PJ Washington, a well deserved rookie pick on the second team last season. Washington racked up 17 points in the first quarter, making everyone forget the still-injured Gordon Hayward. Washington was 5 of 5 from 3-point range in the first period.


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