NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at New York
(Sunday, December 26th)
Final Score: New York 91, Charlotte 82
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas scored a season-high 20 points to lead New York over Charlotte, 91-82, at Madison Square Garden.
Allan Houston had 16 points and five assists for the Knicks, who stopped a brief two-game slide. Stephon Marbury delivered 14 points, eight boards and six assists in the win.
Emeka Okafor netted 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the expansion Bobcats, who fell to 1-11 on the road.
"We are just not a very good team," said Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff.
New York led by 16 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats did not go away quietly.
Charlotte cut the deficit to 79-77 with 4:24 left on a three-pointer by Steve Smith.
However, the Bobcats could get no closer as Thomas responded with four straight points to make it an 83-79 affair with 3:10 remaining.
"We have a team now that even though we won, we shouldn't allow ourselves to settle for this type of finishes," said Houston. "But a win is a win."
The Knicks forced 19 turnovers and held the Bobcats to 38 percent shooting from the field.
New York made 21-of-23 free throws.
Charlotte led 28-24 after the first quarter, but only recorded 14-second quarter points and trailed 47-42 at the intermission.
Before the game, the Knicks placed guard Jamal Crawford on the injured list with right turf toe. Crawford suffered the injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's 114-109 loss to Boston when he was stepped on by the Celtics' Jiri Welsch.
This was the second all-time meeting between these teams. On December 4th, the Bobcats defeated the Knicks, 107-101, at the Charlotte Coliseum...Okafor tallied his 15th consecutive double-double.
12/26 17:11:52 ET