Courtney Lee is the best three-point shooter on the Knicks, having knocked down 46.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc before Monday night’s game against the Pelicans.
Understandably, Jeff Hornacek wouldn’t mind seeing him take a few more shots from downtown. Lee has attempted 105 three-pointers, tied with Justin Holiday for fourth-most on the team and about half of the 202 attempted by Carmelo Anthony, who had hit 34.7 percent of them. “We’re on him,” Hornacek said when asked about Lee shooting more.
Hornacek said Lee has told him he wants to be smart and doesn’t want to force a shot. “But when you’re shooting a high percentage, especially from the three-point line, some of the shots he probably doesn’t think are open, we’re going ‘Ah, he probably should have tried it and shot that one,’ ’’ Hornacek said. We tell him, ‘Courtney, we’ll never know if you’ll go 6-for-7 or 7-for-8 in a game until you get seven or eight up.’ ”
This was Langston Galloway’s first trip back to the Garden since he played for the Knicks last season. Galloway, who entered Monday night’s game averaging 9.8 points as the Pelicans’ sixth man, picked them over the Knicks because it was an opportunity to go home. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and married his high school girlfriend last summer. “I thanked them for everything they have done for me. They definitely gave me my shot,” Galloway said. “There was definitely a real good chance of coming back [to New York], but at the end of the day, when you have an opportunity to play back home, it definitely meant a lot and just showed.”
Westchester Knicks star Chasson Randle signed a 10-day contract with the 76ers. He was averaging 20.7 points and 3.4 assists in 19 games for Westchester . . . Mindaugas Kuzminskas was ill and did not play Monday night.