Hornets beat Knicks by 18; Kaminsky breaks out of slump

Frank Kaminsky

Charlotte ended a three-game losing streak with Monday's 109-91 home win over the New York Knicks.

The Hornets are now 11-19 on the season and New York is 16-14.

Forward Frank Kaminsky broke out of a slump. The 7-foot reserve scored a season-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting. In his previous four games, Kaminsky was averaging 7 points and shooting less than 33 percent from the floor.

Eight players scored at least nine points for Charlotte on Monday. Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 15 points and 10 rebounds and center Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 boards.

Charlotte out-rebounded the Knicks 47-37. New York played without Kristaps Porzingis (knee injury), a 7-foot-3 forward who averages 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

The Hornets continue to play under associate head coach Stephen Silas, who has been running the team for two weeks while head coach Steve Clifford is out with a health issue that has not been disclosed.

Charlotte hosts Boston on Thursday (Dec. 21). The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 26-7.