CHARLOTTE - Cody Zeller hit a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining, and Kristaps Porzingis had his potential game-winning three pointer disallowed following an official review, to give Charlotte a 95-93 win over New York at Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday.
The Hornets improved to 4-4 on the season with its fourth win in five games. New York dropped to 4-5 with the loss.
Zeller hit his game-winner after missing two free throws with 22.7 seconds remaining following a ball screen foul on Lance Thomas.
Charlotte trailed by 12 points late in the third quarter and by double digits in the fourth. The Hornets outscored New York, 26-14, in the game’s final 12 minutes.
Nicolas Batum led Charlotte with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting, along with five rebounds.
Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb continued to sizzle off the bench for the Hornets, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Zeller also scored in double figures for a second straight game (12 points).
The Hornets pulled out the win despite being outrebounded by 19. The Knicks, however, committed 17 turnovers while Charlotte has only five in the contest.
“To be the team that I think we can be, I think our bench has to be good,” Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford said. “I think that they can be and that can be developed. I am happy with the way they have played these last two games.”
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points for New York but his potentially game-winning shot with 3.7 seconds left hit the side of the backboard, setting up Zeller’s heroics.
Porzingis finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds but it was the disallowed three-pointer that ultimately mattered the most.
“We got lucky and we are not giving it back,” Clifford said.
Charlotte returns to action Friday at 8 p.m.in Chicago. The Hornets picked up their first win of the season against the Bulls in the team's last matchup.