Charlotte Bobcats vs. Knicks, 12/15/09
Home Sweet Home
The Charlotte Bobcats used a 15-2 game-ending run to defeat the New York Knicks 94-87 on Tuesday night at the Cable Box to improve their home record to 9-3 (10-13 overall). AP story here, box score here. These two teams came into the game under opposite circumstances: the Bobcats had lost two in a row over the weekend in Texas, while the Knicks were on a season-high four-game win streak.
This was a poorly played game that neither team seemed to want to grab control of. Nonetheless, the Knicks found themselves in position to extend their win streak to five after a Wilson Chandler three and a Jared Jeffries dunk gave them a six-point lead with just under four minutes left.
Instead, the Bobcats would come alive and dominate the rest of the way. They tightened the screws on D, forcing several turnovers and allowing the Knicks only one more bucket the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Flip Murray hit a huge three, Raymond Felton had two great driving layups and Stephen Jackson finished a break with a big dunk as the Cats would score 15 points in the last four minutes to steal the win.
It’s worth noting that this is the exact opposite of what usually happens in Bobcats games — usually it’s the Cats who can’t get any buckets when the opponent tightens up on D.
Gerald Wallace had a monster 15-point first quarter and coasted to a 21 point, 8 rebound, 5 assist, 4 steal performance. Stephen Jackson continued to take the offensive pressure off the rest of the team by going for 24 points. Tyson Chandler had a decent game in limited minutes: 8 points on 3-4 FG and 12 rebounds while only committing 2 turnovers and 1 foul (the limited minutes were due to the D’Antoni smallball being played).
- This was an extremely sloppy game overall, with 22 turnovers for the Bobcats and 21 for the Knicks.
- The Cats shot poorly from distance (2-15 3PT) but were on point from the charity stripe (19-22 FT).
- DJ played 11 minutes and didn’t tally a statistic except for a foul. He’s like the anti-Gerald Wallace.
- The Bobcats get another good chance to right their road wrongs tomorrow night in Indiana (7PM ET).