New York - If Kristaps Porzingis’ potential game-winning shot in Charlotte did not show the Hornets how much talent he had, his effort Tuesday surely did.
Porzingis finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds while New York erased a halftime deficit with a 34-point third quarter to defeat Charlotte, 102-94, at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who improved to 6-6 on the season with the win.
The Hornets were led by Kemba Walker’s 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the floor. Charlotte had its four-game winning streak against New York snapped and dropped to 5-6 on the campaign.
After trailing by five points entering the second quarter, the Hornets went on a 19-6 run to open up a 40-32 lead over the Knicks with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.
Charlotte once again was propelled by strong bench play with Spencer Hawes scoring 14, including two three-pointers during the second quarter run.
Jeremy Lamb added 13 points off the bench while ex-Knick Jeremy Lin scored 12. Charlotte’s reserves outscored the New York bench, 41-27.
In the first half Porzingis kept New York in the game with 17 points and nine rebounds prior to intermission. His 29 points were the most he has scored in a game in his young career and it comes less than a week after he hauled in a career-best 15 rebounds in Charlotte on Wednesday.
Charlotte will begin a seven-game homestand Wednesday when the Hornets host Brooklyn at Time Warner Cable Arena with tip set for 7 p.m.