CHARLOTTE, NC — Get moving, John Starks.
Evan Fournier broke the Knicks’ 3-point record for a season by sinking four 3-pointers by the end of Wednesday’s third quarter and giving him 218 to help Starks in the team’s 121-106 win over the Hornets in the Overtake Spectrum Center.
“That’s the only regret – not getting the record at home,” said Fournier. “It would have been really incredible. That’s how the season went.”
After the Hornets reduced the Knicks’ 19-point lead to six in the third, Fournier’s record basket came from the left wing and gave the Knicks nine points at 1:38 — a key basket.
“Just before that I had three good sights that I missed while catching,” said Fournier. “I made a joke on the bench, I want to hit a nice looking 3 for the record. It just so happened that I had a good discrepancy with [Mason] Plumlee in front of me. He has always supported it. So I had a wide-open step back.”
In the first half, Fournier hit three 3-pointers to tie Starks’ franchise record of 217 in a season, set in 1995. Fournier’s tie of 3 was a try in the left corner that saw the Frenchman fall backwards.
Fournier, who signed as a four-year, $78 million free agent last August, said last week he had never met Starks, who sent Fournier a congratulatory message on social media.
“I have many emotions. I’m proud, happy,” said Fournier. “I’m grateful for all the assists I got from my teammates. Guys who put me in a position to break the record. The fact that it’s such a big, historic franchise, take John Stark’s record, famous guy, famous player. It’s hard to say exactly how I’m feeling, but I’ll call friends and parents. This is going to be a great night.”
Kemba Walker, who finished his season on All-Star hiatus, has spent most of his time in Charlotte, where his family still resides.
Manager Tom Thibodeau said he hadn’t spoken to Walker and had no idea if he would attend the game. [He didn’t].
“I do not know that [the breakup] was discussed with Leon [Rose] and kemba,” said Thibodeau.
Walker has one year and $9 million left on his pact. The Knicks wouldn’t buy out now because it can be a commodity as an expiring deal.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/23/evan-fournier-sets-knicks-single-season-3-point-record/ Evan Fournier sets the Knicks’ 3-point record for a season