Led by big man Al Jefferson, who finished with 35 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot, the Charlotte Bobcats snapped the New York Knicks’ five-game winning streak with a 108-98 victory at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday night.
Jefferson, who shot 14-of-20 from the field and seven-of-eight from the free throw line, was aided by Bobcats’ point guard Kemba Walker, who scored 25 points on nine-of-15 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, had a steal and blocked a shot.
Gerald Henderson added 17 points.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, but shot just nine-of-22 from the floor. In fact, the entire Knicks’ offense looked out of sync at times. They shot 48.1% from the floor, but made only six of their 17 three-point attempts.
However, it was the Bobcats’ offense and their ability to get to the free throw line, where they outscored the Knicks by 12, that was the story of the game.
If there was any positive for the Knicks to take from this one, it was that Amar’e Stoudemire scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds in 22 minutes.
The Bobcats are now 16-23 while the Knicks are 15-23.