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Seven more assists for Julius Randle.

Eleven more 3-pointers combined from backcourt men RJ Barrett and Reggie Bullock.

Countless more hustle pays by the nasty center tandem of Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson. And another second-half defensive gem by the Knicks, holding the Hornets to 31 points.

It all rolled out to a Lucky 7 as about 2,000 socially distanced Garden fans gave the club a standing ovation in the final minute.

The Knicks won their seventh straight Tuesday by posting a 109-97 victory over Charlotte, rallying from a six-point halftime deficit after an opening first half when their defense was asleep.

The Knicks awoke long enough to register their longest win streak since rolling off eight consecutive wins during a 2014 playoff push that fell short.

This playoff push is proceeding smoothly. They moved into fifth place at 32-27 — a half-game behind the Hawks for fourth place. Atlanta visits the Garden on Wednesday in what shapes up as a potential battle for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Reggie Bullock high-fives RJ Barrett during tonight’s Knicks win. Getty Images

Barrett blitzed the Hornets in the third quarter with 18 points and finished with 24. After going 1 of 8 in the first half, Barrett, as is his custom, didn’t lose a shred of confidence and fired in a perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Derrick Rose had his second straight solid outing, scoring 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting.

Randle, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, began a new week with 18 points, seven assists and 10 rebounds.

After going 13 of 19 from deep in the first half, the Hornets shot 1 of 9 in the third quarter as the Knicks tightened up. The Knicks began the second half on a 16-4 run in the opening 3:40.

The Knicks shot out of the gate like a thoroughbred at the outset, taking 12-3 and 17-8 leads, making four of their first five 3-pointers.

Then the Knicks couldn’t defend the 3-point line. The Knicks’ league-best 3-point defense got shredded in the first half, as the Hornets took a 66-60 lead at intermission.

Hornets point guard Terry Rozier, who certainly will be a person of interest in the trade market this summer, nailed two straight 3s in the final 30 seconds to give Charlotte the momentum.

The first quarter was stolen by second-year man P.J. Washington, a deserved second-team all-rookie selection last season. Washington racked up 17 first-quarter points, making everyone forget about the still-injured Gordon Hayward. Washington was 5 of 5 from 3-point range in the first period.

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First mercy flight from Covid-riddled India will fly half empty after FORTY passengers tested positive to the virus – with thousands still begging to come home

A repatriation flight bound for Australia from coronavirus-ravaged India will be half empty after 40 passengers tested positive.

The flight will be the first to touch down in Australia in several weeks after the federal government imposed a ban on flights to and from India, which has recorded more than 300,000 daily coronavirus infections over the past three weeks.

The flight is scheduled to touch down in Darwin on Saturday with passengers whisked away to an old mining camp at in Howard Springs to undergo two weeks of quarantine.

The flight's capacity has been reduced to 150 passengers due to social distancing but more than 70 will be unable to fly.

The figure includes more than 40 people who tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts.

Stranded citizens and permanent residents must test negative for COVID-19 before getting the green light to board a flight home.

Around 10,000 Australians, permanent residents and immediate family members remain stranded in India, desperate to remain home.

More to come. 

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