• The Hornets provided plenty of reasons for New York Knicks fans to boo Saturday as the Hornets built as much as a 45-point lead in the game, but they also provided at least one reason for the Knicks faithful to cheer. One of the loudest ovations in the game Saturday came when the arena’s jumbotron paid tribute to former Knicks star and now Charlotte assistant coach Patrick Ewing.
• Put aside the strength of the opponent in this game, one impressive correlation has developed during Charlotte’s five-game winning streak. The Hornets’ defense has improved, and it’s clearly feeding the team’s offensive production. Nothing makes that more clear than the Hornets’ ability to sustain its offensive production the last two weeks with a lineup that is anything but stable.
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• After missing Thursday’s win at Toronto with a strained right shoulder, center Cody Zeller returned to action Saturday but seemed a bit out of sync. He played 17 minutes but failed to make a field goal or collect a rebound in a game where the Hornets badly outrebounded the Knicks 51-29.