Recap: Huge Win on Biggest Stage
By David Walters
January 4, 2012
The Charlotte Bobcats (2-4) defeated the New York Knicks (2-4), 118-110, on January 3 at Madison Square Garden to end a four-game losing streak and finish their three-game road trip 1-2.
The Bobcats came out in the first half with good energy as Boris Diaw and Gerald Henderson combined for 22 first-quarter points… Charlotte kept the game under control in the second quarter and took a 62-52 lead into halftime winning the turnover battle four to nine and leading in assists 18 to 10… The Knicks went on an 8-0 run in the third quarter to come within four points but the Bobcats would pull away every time the Knicks tried to make a run in the second half.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats shot 55.3 percent (47 of 85) from the field in their best shooting performance of the season, while the Knicks shot 49.4 percent (42 of 85) from the field. Charlotte also shot well from behind the arc hitting 7-of-11 triples to New York’s 11-of 29. Charlotte won the assist battle (27 to 19) and the turnover battle (13 to 17) in this contest.
BOBCATS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Diaw got back on track early, scoring 12 of his team-high 27 points (12-of-15 shooting) in the first quarter. He also chipped in six assists, three rebounds and a steal.
BOBCATS TOP RESERVE
Byron Mullens continued his hot streak setting a career high in points for the second game in a row with 16 points (6-of-8 shooting) and five rebounds.
KNICKS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points, with 24 of those coming in the second half. He added six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"(Boris Diaw) and (Amar’e) Stoudemire played together out in Phoenix, and he wants to prove to him that he can get it done every night. He was outstanding. Every time we needed something, he came up with a big rebound and big points, passing the basketball – he had a great game."
-Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas
"I think we started the game with a different mindset and were very disappointed by the game in Cleveland. We needed a reaction and that came tonight. We know now what kind of basketball we have to play. We know what is a good game, and that’s what we have to do. We have to reproduce what we did tonight."
-Bobcats Center Boris Diaw
Henderson had an outstanding game, scoring a season-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting… D.J. Augustin had a strong all-around game with 14 points, 10 assists and six rebounds… Bronx native Kemba Walker had seven points, five rebounds and two assists in his first game at Madison Square Garden since he led UCONN to the Big East title… Corey Maggette (12 points) left the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring… Tyrus Thomas was listed as active but missed his sixth-straight game while recovering from a mild left ankle sprain… Reggie Williams and Eddie Najera were listed on the injury report as they recover from their respective knee surgeries… The Bobcats return to New York to face the Knicks on Monday, January 9.
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