Knicks crushed by Hornets, drop 15th straight

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New York, NY ( - Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets keep on rolling, while the hapless New York Knicks continue to lose.

Walker's 28 points propelled the Hornets to their season-high fifth straight win, a 110-82 dismantling of the Knicks that extended New York's franchise- record skid to 15 games.

Walker needed just 28 minutes to record his game-best total, and the New York City native has helped offset an injury to Al Jefferson by averaging 30.2 points during the win streak.

Bismack Biyombo delivered season highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which received 15 points from P.J. Hairston and 14 from Brian Roberts in the rout.

"We have been moving the basketball, playing good defense, and we have great communication out there," said Walker. "Everyone is in the right spot and just making plays."

For the Knicks, whose last eight defeats have come by double digits, this may have been rock-bottom in a season of low points. They trailed by as many as 45 in the second half before reducing the deficit as the Hornets pulled their starters in the fourth quarter.

"It was a tough afternoon, for sure," Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said. "We all have to continue to learn that it's not easy to win in this league. We're obviously finding that out the hard way."

Quincy Acy was one bright spot for New York, finishing with 18 points on 6- of-9 shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Shane Larkin had 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Charlotte held just a 21-18 lead after one quarter and a 30-27 edge early in the second, then proceeded to paste the Knicks over the remainder of the first half. The Hornets outscored New York by a whopping 32-4 margin over the final 8:35 of the period to enter the break owning a commanding 62-31 advantage.

The Hornets began to pull away behind a 13-2 run, which New York's Langston Galloway temporarily stopped with a jumper with 4:31 to go in the quarter to bring the Knicks within 43-31.

New York didn't score again for the rest of the first half, with Charlotte closing the frame out on a 19-0 tear.

Walker did most of the damage, dropping in 10 points during the surge to finish with 20 for the initial two quarters.

The Knicks' offensive ineptitude extended beyond the stoppage, as they went 5- of-21 from the floor during a 13-point third quarter in which the Hornets continued to pour it on.

Biyombo finished off a 9-0 sequence with an alley-oop dunk to put Charlotte up by 40, 73-33, near the midway mark of the third. It was a 45-point spread entering the fourth when two Jason Maxiell free throws made the score 89-44.

With the Hornets fielding their second and third-team units, New York ended the game on a 16-7 run to make the final outcome slightly more respectable.

Game Notes

Charlotte is 13-6 this season when Walker scores 18 points or more and 2-18 when he hasn't hit that mark ... The Hornets are on their first four-game road winning streak since Jan. 18-28, 2011 ... Hairston (illness) and forward Cody Zeller (strained right shoulder) both returned to action for Charlotte after missing Thursday's win at Toronto ... The Knicks were whistled for 24 fouls, which led to a 25-of-33 performance at the foul line for the Hornets.