Knicks Fall In Charlotte Despite 32 Points From Copeland

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
In a game that will not affect the playoff standings, the Knicks opted to rest their big guns and left Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler, and Kenyon Martin in New York on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats feasted on the shorthanded New York squad in a 106-95 victory for Charlotte in the final road game of the regular season for the Knicks.

Head coach Mike Woodson started a new-look unit featuring Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, James White, Steve Novak, and Chris Copeland. For the first time this season, the group hit the floor to start a contest and Charlotte took advantage on the offensive side of the court.

The Bobcats hit 70 percent of their attempts from the floor in the first period while building a large 30-17 lead.

Behind Gerald Henderson’s 27 points and 23 from Kemba Walker, Charlotte continued to apply offensive pressure throughout the contest. New York did manage to knock down the Bobcats advantage to single digits when the road team hit four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the third quarter.

Charlotte quickly answered on a 13-6 run over the final six minutes of the third period and it never looked back in the home victory.

Chris Copeland shined when granted with substantial minutes. The big man scored a career-high 32 points as the Knicks only played seven players in the second to last contest of the regular season.

Steve Novak scored 17, White added 15, and Shumpert posted 14 points and five boards in the defeat.

Despite the loss, New York finished 23-18 on the road this year, which is its best record away from MSG in six seasons.

Knick of the Night:
Copeland delivered a prolific scoring performance with 32 points on 12-of-25 shooting from the floor. He also buried 4-of-8 shots from downtown and grabbed seven rebounds in 46 minutes of action.

News and Notes:
Rasheed Wallace returned to the lineup for the first time since early December. He only played three minutes and did not return after suffering from a sore foot.

Statistically Speaking:
As seen most of this season, the Knicks are not shy when launching the long ball. Tonight, the team connected on 14 treys as opposed to seven for Charlotte.

Looking Ahead:
The Knicks jumped on plane back to New York City where the team will wrap-up the regular season on Wednesday night with a contest against the Hawks. New York will have the day off on Tuesday.

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