Kemba Walker scored 25 points and dished out five assists but it wasn't enough for the Cats to get their second win in four days over the visiting New York Knicks in a 101-91 loss on November 8 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Charlotte kept things close through the first half and entered the third quarter trailing 51-47, but New York took control out of the break. The Knicks opened the frame on a 17-3 run that included 3-pointers from Pablo Prigioni, Andrea Bargnani and Iman Shumpert as New York pushed its lead to 68-50… The Cats fought back but were never able to cut the lead to single digits the rest of the way as New York took the 10-point victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Four Bobcats scored in double digits led by Kemba Walker's 25 points and followed by Gerald Henderson (18), Ramon Sessions (15) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14). Sessions led both teams' reserves in scoring as the Cats bench outscored New York's, 26-19… Ball security played a big role in this one, as Charlotte turned it over 15 times, leading to 22 Knicks points. New York coughed it up just 12 times, which the Cats turned into 12 points… The Knicks were on fire from beyond the arc, connecting on 46.2 percent (12-for-16) of their 3-pointers compared to Charlotte's 25.0 percent (4-for-16)… the Bobcats stayed in this one at the free-throw line where they had 21 more attempts than New York, 30-9, and connected on 25 freebies to the Knicks five.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Kemba Walker continues to shake off the effects of a shoulder contusion he suffered on Nov. 5 in New York and finished with 25 points on 8-for-22 shooting. He was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, knocked down one trey, dished out five assists, grabbed three rebounds and did not turn the ball over.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with a game-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block.
With Al Jefferson still sidelined with an able sprain, Bismack Biyombo's impressive work on the glass continued. He brought down 11 rebounds and blocked one shot… The Knicks shared the ball well, led by six dimes from Carmelo Anthony, and finished with 25 assists to the Bobcats 13… Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to fill the stat sheet. He scored 14 points to go with eight rebounds, three blocks and one steal… Four of the Knicks five starters played 34 minutes or more. Pablo Prigioni (21:31) was the only starting Knick not to break the 34-minute mark… While at dinner last night, Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford suffered chest pains. He went to the hospital and was later admitted. After testing this morning, doctors concluded that a procedure was necessary to place two stents in his heart. Associate Head Coach Patrick Ewing served as the acting head coach against the Knicks… Ramon Sessions did not miss a shot from the field (4-for-4) or the charity stripe (8-for-8) as he finished with 15 points off the bench… The loss was the Cats first on their home court in 2013-14 (2-1 overall).
Charlotte will play host to the Atlanta Hawks at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Join the chat via bobcats.com or listen live on WFNZ 610am or bobcats.com. The game can also be seen on FoxSportSouth and NBA League Pass.