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NBA Preview: New York Knicks (29-17) at Charlotte Hornets (10-34)

The New York Knicks seemed to have encountered some turbulence during their best stretch of the season.

Knicks star forward Julius Randle suffered a dislocated right shoulder on Saturday against the Miami Heat and will undergo an MRI, according to multiple reports.

Randle, who is averaging 24 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, likely will be unavailable for the Knicks against the host Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

Despite the injury, the Knicks continued their recent surge, beating the Heat at home 125-109 on Saturday. Jalen Brunson posted 32 points in that game.

New York will look to build on a season-best six-game winning streak when it travels to face Charlotte. The Knicks will lean on their depth if Randle is forced to miss extended time.

The Knicks have scored more than 120 points in three of their last four games, which is bound to be a concern for a Charlotte team that has been weak defensively. Brunson has scored at least 30 points in six of the last seven games.

The Hornets were without point guard LaMelo Ball because of ankle soreness Saturday night, forcing Ish Smith into Ball’s starting spot at point guard. Nick Smith Jr. also needed to play more minutes at point guard.

The Hornets gave up 47 first-quarter points to Utah on Saturday night and trailed by as many as 36 in their 134-122 home loss.

Forward P.J. Washington scored 43 points off the Charlotte bench, the most points in the NBA this season by a reserve. Charlotte center Nick Richards scored a career-high 26 points in the loss.

Rookie Brandon Miller continues to make some strides at times for the Hornets.

New York is looking to sweep the four-game season series. Brunson had 32 points in the 122-108 game on Nov. 18 at Charlotte. This will be the Knicks’ only road game in the next two weeks, with a six-game homestand coming up next.

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