By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
BOBCATS 108, KNICKS 98 | TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA
How it Happened:
On the second night of a back-to-back, against a team full of young players whose collective trademark skill is effort, the Knicks' five-game winning streak came to its end in Charlotte this evening.
Al Jefferson, the Bobcats' big man who didn't play when the teams met earlier this season, went off for 35 points and eight rebounds in leading his team to victory.
After a 17-3 run to close out the first half, Charlotte controlled the game the rest of the night. Kemba Walker seemed to have an answer for every Knicks run down the stretch.
For the Knicks, offense came in spurts. In the first half, it was Tim Hardaway Jr., who caught fire from three and wound up with 12 points on the night. In the third quarter, it was Amar'e Stoudemire, who exploded for nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in just six 3rd quarter minutes.
But it wasn't enough. The Bobcats dominated the paint in the first half and the Knicks just couldn't recover. Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points, but needed 22 shots to do it against the tough defense of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Knick of the Night:
Stoudemire was the lone Knick to dominate, going for 17 points in the game on 10 shots. He also went 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
The Knicks travel to Indiana where they'll have an off day before facing the Pacers on Thursday.