Bridges also had five rebounds and four assists, after missing six games due to COVID-19 protocols. The Hornets went 2-4 in his absence while trying to hold onto the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. And Saturday's loss leaves them with just one game to go before the league's play-in tournament next week.
Bridges looked to have his stamina, as he managed to play 34 minutes, shooting 12-of-21 from the field, and 5-of-12 from three-point range.
The third-year player averaged 21.6 points over six games prior to entering the protocol on May 4, and has become a bit of a highlight fixture around the NBA with several poster-worthy dunks.
Meanwhile, the home team -- in a playoff push of a different kind -- continued to fine-tune its game. Julius Randle had 33 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and paced the Knicks to an overtime surge.
New York led by 17 points with 7:45 left in the third quarter before the Hornets went on a run capped by Bridges' windmill dunk to cut their deficit to 89-86.
Charlotte opened the final quarter with a 7-0 run, highlighted by Graham's 3-pointer for a 93-89 lead.
New York scored seven straight points to go up 104-101 on Randle's jumper. Charlotte's Terry Rozier made a free throw with 2:09 left and had a layup with 37 seconds remaining that made it 104-all.
Randle put the Knicks ahead in overtime 106-104 with a pair of free throws and then assisted on the next three baskets during 9-0 run, setting up Alec Burks' layup with 1:31 left in the extra period that made it 112-106.
Devonte' Graham added 25 for the Hornets in the loss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.