Alec Burks scored a season-high 30 points in his return from a three-game absence and the New York Knicks kept up their chase of home-court advantage in the playoffs by rallying to beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-98 on Thursday night. Julius Randle had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Knicks, who are a half-game behind Atlanta as they battle the Hawks and Miami for the No. seed in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte Hornets (33-37, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (39-31, sixth in the Eastern Conference) New York; Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Charlotte heads into the matchup with New York as losers of three games in a row. The Knicks are 23-17 against Eastern Conference opponents.
The Knicks came back from a 17-point deficit to beat San Antonio on Thursday night. But they didn’t gain any ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race.