The Bobcats ended a three-game losing skid, beating the Knicks, 108-98, on Jan. 14 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Al Jefferson led the way with a season-high 35 points, while Kemba Walker contributed 25 more as Charlotte ended New York’s five-game win streak.
The Cats found themselves down by five after opening the second quarter shooting 2-for-12. Charlotte rallied and went on a 17-3 run to go into halftime with a nine-point lead, 55-46… The Knicks wouldn’t go away, closing the Bobcats lead to four points early in the fourth quarter, but Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson combined for 20 points in the frame to pull out the Cats victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats scored 108 points on a Knicks team that has held opponents to 89 points over the past five games… Charlotte shot 49.2 percent (29-for-59) from the floor and 33.3 percent (3-for-9) from long range. New York finished shooting 48.3 percent (28-for-58) from the field and 40.0 percent (6-for-15) from three-point territory… Charlotte’s defense had a strong showing, only allowing the Knicks to convert four second-chance points and three fast-break points… The Cats had 21 assists on 38 made baskets and outrebounded the Knicks (37-32).
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Al Jefferson had his best offensive game as a Bobcat, putting up 35 points on 14-for-20 shooting from the field, while going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. Jefferson also contributed eight boards, two assists, a steal and a block.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carmelo Anthony led his team with 20 points on 9-for-22 shooting, with six rebounds, three dimes and a block.
After missing 19 games due to a broken hand, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist posted eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes in his first game back… Kemba Walker scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. On the game, Walker pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists, swiped one steal and blocked one shot… Gerald Henderson finished in double figures for the Cats with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists… The Bobcats only committed five turnovers, tying the record for franchise-low in a single game.
The Bobcats have a quick turnaround as they head out on the road to take on the 76ers at 7 p.m. on January 15 in Philadelphia. You can listen to the game by logging on to bobcats.com, by downloading the official Bobcats app on your smartphone or by tuning in to WFNZ 610am. The game can also be seen on Fox SportSouth or NBA League Pass.