By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 97, BOBCATS 102 | Madison Square Garden
How it happened:
Tonight was not the Knicks' night, but if losing to the Bobcats is the worst news, the team and its fans will live with that. Far more important in the big picture will be the status of Tyson Chandler, who left the game in the first quarter with a right leg injury and did not return. Initial tests were inconclusive and we should find out more tomorrow.
Without their All-Star center, the Knicks were unable to match up with Charlotte up front, getting outrebounded 51-33. The visitors also outscored the Knicks in the paint, 34-28, and in second chance points, 25-15.
As they scrambled to compensate for losing their big man, they were forced into playing Kenyon Martin -- who Coach Mike Woodson had said before the game would not play -- and many unconventional combinations on the floor. But they continued to fight, and even pulled to within two a few times down the stretch, only to fall just short.
Knick of the Night:
Carmelo Anthony did his best to carry the Knicks in Chandler's absence. Melo scored 32 points, a difficult feat even for him when you consider the fact that he was guarded by stingy defender Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all night.
Same opponent, different arena, hopefully a different result for Knicks fans. New York will be in Charlotte on Friday night looking for redemption.