NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at New York
(Wednesday, April 9th)
Final Score: New York 109, Charlotte 107
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Fred Jones scored 15 points off the bench, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:47 left, and the New York Knicks held on for a 109-107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
After a Jones driving layup rimmed out the Bobcats called timeout with 2.3 seconds left, trailing by two. The inbounds pass went to Emeka Okafor, who turned and put up a jumper from just outside the foul line that was deflected on the way out, and fell short as the buzzer sounded.
"That turned into a little bit of a turnaround jumper instead of a catch and dunk at the basket, but still, I thought he (Okafor) got bumped, but you're not going to get that call," said Bobcats head coach Sam Vincent. "I thought we had a good look and a good shot at getting it."
Jamal Crawford scored 18 points for the Knicks, who won their third straight after dropping five in a row. Zach Randolph scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and David Lee had 11 boards and six points for New York.
"At this time of the year it would be easy for us to hang it up," said Lee. "We have made a decision to continue to play the way we are capable of playing. Guys have stepped it up, a lot of young guys have, and we are just coming together as a team."
Jason Richardson had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who saw their four-game road win streak come to an end. Okafor had 24 points and eight boards, and Raymond Felton had 24 points, eight assists, and six boards for Charlotte, which has dropped four of six.
Matt Carroll added 17 points for the Bobcats.
The Knicks led by 19 in the second quarter, and by 16 late in the third, only to see Charlotte chip away. A Lee layup gave New York an 80-66 lead with 4:23 left in the third, but the Knicks were outscored 19-6 down the stretch.
Carroll scored 10 points in the push, including two threes, and the Bobcats sliced the deficit to 86-83 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats edged in front 102-100 on a Richardson tip shot with 4:01 left in regulation, but Jones drained a three to give the Knicks a one-point lead. New York pulled ahead by five, but Charlotte cut back to within two on one-of-two free throws by Richardson and an Okafor dunk, setting up the final seconds.
The Knicks led 27-26 after the first quarter, and took control with an 18-0 push late in the second. Jones kicked that run off with back-to-back threes, and the burst gave New York a 58-40 lead. The Knicks led 64-50 at the half.
With three games left, the win ensured that the Knicks will not become the first team in franchise history to lose 60 games in a season...New York is 5-45 when its opponent scores at least 100 points...Wilson Chandler added 12 points and six rebounds for New York.
04/10 00:38:16 ET