The New York Knicks (10-7) clinched a spot in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals with an authoritative 115-91 win over the Charlotte Hornets (5-11), setting the stage for a showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Julius Randle showcased his all-around brilliance with 25 points and an impressive 20 rebounds, leading the Knicks to a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after missing out on winning Group B.
RJ Barrett contributed 16 points to the victory, highlighting the Knicks’ depth and resilience in the tournament.
The Knicks’ bench played a pivotal role, outscoring Charlotte’s bench 50-35, with Immanuel Quickley scoring 23 points and Josh Hart adding 17.
Despite securing the wild-card spot, the Knicks face a challenging matchup against the Bucks in the quarterfinals, requiring a victory to advance to the Final Four in Las Vegas.
The Hornets, without star point guard LaMelo Ball due to a right ankle injury, struggled offensively, posting a season-low 91 points.
Brandon Miller, the No. 2 draft pick, led the Hornets with 18 points, while Mark Williams contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds.