National Basketball Association
New York 118, Charlotte 109
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, May 15, 2021
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
#14 Ed Malloy, #32 Marat Kogut, #70 Phenizee Ransom
Julius Randle collected his sixth triple-double of the season Saturday afternoon and gave the host New York Knicks the lead for good by opening overtime with a pair of free throws as the Knicks remained in the mix for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-109 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The Knicks (40-31) can finish fourth if they beat the Boston Celtics in Sunday's season finale and the Miami Heat lose one of their final two games.
The Hornets (33-38) lost their fourth straight but got some help from the Los Angeles Lakers in their bid to finish eighth in the East. The Lakers' 122-115 win over the Indiana Pacers means Charlotte can lock up eighth place by beating the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
The seventh- and eighth-place teams in each conference have to win only one game in the play-in tournament to advance to the playoffs.
Randle had 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Knicks while Reggie Bullock scored 17 points. Derrick Rose (15 points), Alec Burks (14 points) and Immanuel Quickley (13 points) all got into double digits off the bench.
Miles Bridges, who missed the previous five games due to health and safety protocols, scored 30 points off the bench for the Hornets. Fellow reserve Devonte' Graham had 25 points while Jalen McDaniels (15 points, 10 rebounds), Terry Rozier (13 points) and Cody Zeller (10 points, 11 rebounds) also scored in double digits.
After hitting the free throws to open overtime, Randle collected an offensive rebound that led to a 3-pointer by Burks that gave the Knicks a 109-104 lead. Bridges responded with a layup, but Bullock drained a 3-pointer on the next trip and New York was never threatened thereafter.
The Knicks led by as many as 18 in the second quarter and opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run to go up 73-56. Bridges began the Hornets' comeback by scoring eight unanswered points and had 16 points in the 30-13 run that ended the quarter and pulled Charlotte -- which made 10 of its final 12 shots of the period -- within 89-86.
The Hornets remained red-hot to open the fourth, during which they scored the first seven points. Malik Monk's runner gave Charlotte its first lead at 90-89 before Graham sank a 3-pointer.
Burks scored four straight for the Knicks to tie the score before the Hornets hit their next four field-goal attempts to take a 101-97 lead on Rozier's layup with 6:45 left. But Charlotte began going cold and the Knicks scored seven straight -- the final five by Randle -- to go up 104-101 before going scoreless from the field the remainder of regulation.
The Hornets missed four straight shots over a span of more than six minutes until Rozier's game-tying layup with 37.8 seconds left. Randle missed a 3-pointer on the next trip -- New York's sixth straight miss -- and Rozier missed a fallaway before Graham hoisted an airballed 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Miles Bridges 30
Julius Randle 33
Devonte' Graham 8
Julius Randle 13
Cody Zeller 11
Julius Randle 11
Devonte' Graham 8
||Free Throws Made
Julius Randle 5
Terry Rozier 2
Nerlens Noel 2
LaMelo Ball 1
Nerlens Noel 5
Team Stats Summary
New York will play their next game at home against Boston. The Knicks have a W/L % of .575 after a win and .548 after a loss.
Charlotte will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Hornets have a W/L % of .424 after a win and .500 after a loss.