New York, May 15 (EFE) .- Power forward Julius Randle shone with a triple-double of 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and stood out in overtime in the victory of the New York Knicks 118-109 on the Charlotte Hornets.
Forward Reggie Bullock added 17 points as the second leading scorer for the Knicks, who improved to 40-31 and tied with the by-time Atlanta Hawks for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. .
Veteran point guard Derrick Rose scored 15 points in 25 minutes after missing the previous game with a sore right ankle and was also a winning factor for the Knicks.
Forward Miles Bridges had 30 points and point guard Devonte Graham added 25 as leaders for the Hornets, who have lost four straight games and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference and are qualified for the playoff entry tournament, although they could still go down to 10th place if the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers win the last league game and they lose it.
Center Cody Zeller had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, which left him as the best of the Hornets in the inside game, where power forward Jalen McDaniel also finished with another double-double of 15 points and captured 10 balls under the hoops.
New York led by 17 points with 7:45 left in the third quarter before the Hornets launched a streak capped by Bridges’ dunk that left the scoreboard at 89-86.
Charlotte opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, highlighted by Graham’s 3-pointer for an 89-93 lead.
Both teams could not define in regulation time with a final score tied at 104 and in overtime, Randle, would be the figure who scored and gave three assists in a row to put the Knicks in front of the scoreboard (113-104) with a streak of 9-0 and not giving up the lead the rest of the way.
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