NBA Game Summary - New York at Charlotte
(Friday, December 21st)
Final Score: Charlotte 105, New York 95
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Gerald Wallace scored 27 points to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to a 105-95 win over the struggling New York Knicks.
Emeka Okafor and Jason Richardson each added 17 points for the Bobcats, who have won consecutive games for the first time since winning two in a row November 17-19.
Nazr Mohammed scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Charlotte, which used an 18-4 run that bridged the first two quarters to build comfortable lead and the Bobcats led by at least 20 points for a majority of the game until the Knicks made it interesting in the fourth quarter.
Reserve guard Nate Robinson scored 20 points to lead the Knicks, who followed up Wednesday's impressive 108-90 win at home over Cleveland with their seventh loss in nine games. New York relied heavily on its bench over the final 12 minutes to make the game respectable and avoid its sixth loss by at least 20 points this season.
New York trailed by as many as 29 points early in the third quarter, but scored eight of the final 12 points of the stanza to go into the fourth down 19 points, 85-66.
The reserves, led by Robinson, continued to pressure the Bobcats in the fourth. Six straight points by New York midway through the stanza cut the deficit to 90-77 after Jamal Crawford's jumper with 6:51 left. Then, a three- pointer by Robinson with 3:41 on the clock drew the Knicks within 10 points, 94-84.
New York, though, never seriously threatened the Bobcats, not drawing within single digits until Fred Jones' lay up with 19 seconds left made it a nine- point game, 102-93.
Raymond Felton had 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Charlotte, which hit just three shots from the floor over the final quarter, but did connect on 14 free throws.
"When we have a team down, we've got to go ahead and put the knockout punch on them," said Wallace. "I think New York was basically hanging off the bridge and we let them climb back on the bridge."
Crawford, the lone starter on the floor over the final 12 minutes, added 16 points for New York, which was playing without guard Stephon Marbury once again.
Marbury has missed seven of the last 10 games as he continues to deal with the recent death of his father. The New York City native is also battling flu-like symptoms. There is no timetable for his return.
Knicks president/head coach Isiah Thomas continues to lose a grip on his team. During another lackadaisical defensive effort by the entire team, Thomas exchanged words with starting guard Quentin Richardson on the bench during the third quarter.
Early in the quarter Thomas pulled Richardson, who barked at Thomas as he headed to his seat. Thomas immediately walked toward Richardson with assistant coach Herb Williams stepping in between the two until Thomas and Richardson calmly spoke. Richardson did not return to the floor.
"Just trying to get some fire, trying to get some juice flowing through the veins," said Thomas of his exchange with Richardson. "Sometimes you try to say some things to your player, or say some things to your team just to get them motivated. There won't be any carry over from it."
Charlotte began to build a lead at the end of first quarter. Leading 24-22, the Bobcats ended the stanza with a 10-2 run to go into the second with a 10- point lead. Okafor and Wallace combined to score the final eight points of the surge, giving the Bobcats a 34-24 lead after 12 minutes.
Matt Carroll helped the Bobcats continue to pour it on early in the second. His two three-pointers were part of an 8-2 run to begin the frame, as Charlotte went ahead 42-26 just under three minutes into action.
Later, ahead 44-31, Charlotte ripped off a 16-5 run to take a commanding 60-36 lead. Wallace scored nine points during the run, which was capped by Jason Richardson's jumper with 2:21 to play and the Bobcats cruised into halftime with a 23-point cushion, 67-44.
The lead reached its largest point early in the third quarter when Jason Richardson's jumper at the 10:04 mark ended a six-point surge to start the frame for a 73-44 lead.
Zach Randolph had 15 points and seven boards for the Knicks...Eddy Curry added 11 points and David Lee tallied 11 points and 11 boards for New York...Charlotte shot 50 percent for the game, marking just the second time this season the club hit at least half its shots...The Knicks held a 50-41 advantage on the boards.
12/21 22:50:26 ET