NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (Ticker) --
A bounce finally went the New York Knicks'
hit a caroming 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Knicks
got a rare win, a 102-99 victory over the expansion Charlotte
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Thomas, who scored just seven points, took a wide open 3-pointer
from the corner that hit the front of the rim, bounced high off
the backboard and dropped through as time expired. Officials
reviewed the play and ruled the basket good.
"It just feels good to get a win," Thomas said. "I was just
hoping it went in. I didn't see it bounce, so I didn't know
until it went through."
The Knicks led by nine points entering the fourth quarter but
had to scramble to pick up just their fourth win since New
Year's Day. The lucky bounce saved them as they led by as many
as 14 points but were booed by the sellout crowd after the
shorthanded Bobcats pulled within 87-85 with 5:18 to play.
"We needed something like that," Knicks coach Herb Williams
said. "It's been happening to us all year, where people were
hitting last shots against us. But when you have a team down -
and we had them down by 14 - you have to execute your offense
and get good shots."
With the score tied, 99-99, rookie Bernard Robinson
but missed a layup. The Knicks took over with 12
seconds left and got Thomas' game-winner.
Robinson had a strong game as he picked up the slack for rookie
, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. He poured
in 18 points in 25 minutes, both season highs.
"It just felt good and the shots were falling. I felt good out
there and wanted to take the last shot," Robinson said. "I think
I made the most of my minutes. Anytime you get a chance in the
NBA, you have to be ready."
"He was probably the reason we got back in the game. No one out
there could match up with him," Charlotte coach
said. "He was the one guy that was going north and
south as opposed to east and west."
Crawford scored 23 points off the bench and Stephon Marbury
added 16 for the Knicks. Marbury had scored at least 30 points
in five straight games but took just eight shots.
"They are a scrappy team. They played Miami tough the other
night," Crawford said. "We shouldn't have been in that position,
but it feels good to get the win."