NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at New York
(Wednesday, February 27th)
Final Score: New York 113, Charlotte 89
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Nate Robinson scored 22 points and Jamal Crawford added 20 to lead the Knicks to a 113-89 rout of the injury-depleted Charlotte Bobcats.
Zach Randolph tallied 18 points, Quentin Richardson 17 and Fred Jones 12 for New York, which has alternated wins and losses in its last eight games. David Lee had 14 rebounds in the win.
Already without forward Gerald Wallace due to a concussion he suffered Friday against Sacramento, Charlotte lost the services of swingman Jason Richardson in the second quarter due to a right eye contusion and corneal abrasion. That left the Bobcats without their top two scorers, at a combined average of nearly 41 points a game.
Matt Carroll led the way with 19 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped four in a row and 11 of their last 12 games. Emeka Okafor tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost eight in a row on the road.
Jason Richardson was hurt with 5:24 left in the second quarter when he was inadvertently hit in the face by Robinson. Charlotte was ahead 37-35 at the time, but the Knicks used an incredible surge later in the period to take control.
"I wanted to come back today," Richardson said. "I'm the type of person, if I can walk, I can move, I can play. He's (Sam Vincent) the coach, he decided not to play me, and I have to respect his decision. On Friday, I'll be all right. There's no damage to the eye, no scratch on the eye, but a lot of swelling."
Raymond Felton's jumper gave the Bobcats a 41-39 lead with 3:51 left in the half, but the Bobcats went scoreless for the rest of the period. Meanwhile, the Knicks finished the half with 15 unanswered points, capped by a Robinson driving layup. He had eight points during the flurry.
"We got stops, we got rebounds, and we were able to turn those rebounds into easy baskets at the other end," Lee said. "When you get that momentum, the lead can go from, six to 10 to 15 real quick. We were happy to be on the good side of that big run."
The Knicks saw the lead whittled to eight early in the third, but used an 11-2 run to move their advantage to 72-55 with 4:51 left in the stanza.
It was 83-62 going into the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats were blown out in the final period, with the Knicks building a 30-point lead on a jumper by Jones, moving the spread to 97-67 with 6:52 remaining.
"They didn't make a lot of shots and we limited them to just one shot instead of second-chance shots," Robinson said. "We kept pushing and got easy baskets in transition. That was the difference right there."
Nazr Mohammed had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which also got 14 points from Felton.
"It's tough for us when we don't have a couple of our main scorers in the game," Vincent said. "We never really got it going. We kind of broke down on defense and got rattled from there."
The Bobcats led 25-20 after the first quarter.
The Bobcats won the season's other meeting, 105-95, at Charlotte on Dec. 21...The Knicks shot 51 percent from the field, 10 percent better than the Bobcats...Carroll was 8-of-11 from the floor...New York's 18-0 run bridging the second and third quarters were the most consecutive points by the Knicks this season.
02/27 23:58:10 ET