KNICKS 111 BOBCATS 78 | CHARLOTTE, NC
How it happened:
The tone was set early with the Knicks reeling off an 8-0 run to start the first quarter of Tuesday’s road game in Charlotte. Behind 20 points and 17 rebounds from Tyson Chandler, New York effectively snapped a six-game slide and cruised to a 111-78 victory. The win jumpstarts a four-game road trip for the Knicks as they improve to 7-10 on the season.
New York adhered to its goals by utilizing quick ball movement and not settling for quick three-pointers from the arc early in the shot clock. A balanced box score featured four Knicks in double figures and a combined 51 points from the bench. Oddly enough, Carmelo Anthony did not register a point until the 8:59 mark of the third quarter. Rather, Anthony made a significant impact on the game by involving his teammates and grabbing 11 rebounds in the win.
The third quarter was telling as the Knicks broke the game wide open after being held scoreless for the first three minutes of the period. Two monster dunks from Amar’e Stoudemire, one down the lane and the other on the baseline, provided momentum during an 11-2 spurt. Chandler joined the party with several of his own two-handed jams and emphatic put-back dunks. The Knicks center made a living inside the paint on Tuesday night, receiving open space off the pick-and-rolls and pounding the glass for eight offensive rebounds.
The Knicks outrebounded the Bobcats 53-33 en route to a 33-point impressive win.
"This is definitely a road trip where we have to capitalize on these games -- be the team we're supposed to be. Tonight was a big indication of that, we got a win in Charlotte but now we have a game in Cleveland. Those guys are waiting for us, so we have to be ready." - Amar'e Stoudemire
Chandler dominated the boards on Tuesday night and continued his success against Charlotte. In the last meeting, Chandler scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a Knicks win at the Garden. His quickness inside the lane and activity could not be matched by the Bobcats frontline as the big man helped the Knicks score 21 second chance points.
Iman Shumpert struggled from the floor but once again played strong defense in 25:29 minutes of action. The rookie tallied two steals on the night while trying to keep pace with the exceptionally shifty Kemba Walker.
The Knicks quickly boarded a plane to Cleveland following the contest in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Finishing the first set of a back-to-back, New York will square off against No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers on Wednesday at 7 PM.