The Knicks swung and missed in the first game against the Bobcats last week, this time around they were able to hold off the ‘Cats for a win. That makes three in a row for New York, a much needed winning streak after starting the season 2-4. The offense for the Knicks struggled throughout the night. The only consistent working play was the alley-oop. LobCity was in full-effect at Madison Square Garden tonight, Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert swapped dunks to keep points on the board when the Knicks were struggling to get a score. Majority of this win is credited to the Knicks defensive effort, early on they fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and had the defensive presence to finish the quarter strong.
Amare and ‘Melo didn’t have great shooting nights, they were a combined 13-43 from the field but off set the bad shooting by hitting 20 of their 26 free-throws. The third member of the “Big 3″ Tyson Chandler poured in 20 and 13. He was very efficient, hitting 7-8 from the floor and 6-8 from the free-throw line.
Knicks – The “Big3″ (Melo, Tyson, Amare) combined for 67 of the team’s 91 points.
Bobcats – No real star on this team but Boris Diaw looked like MJ during the first loss, tonight he was good, but not good enough. He finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Knicks – New York struggled badly in this department, the bench combined for a grand total of 3 points on 1 for 9 shooting. The stars carried the team during the win.
Bobcats – The ‘Cats dominated this category, their bench poured in 34 points.
Knicks – Iman Shumpert made the start again, and again he was impressive. His court presence is felt by everyone, including the fans. Chants of “We want Shumpert” swirled through the Garden again. He finishes with a commendable stat line; 16 points, 3 steals, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds. Josh Harrellson had a quiet game, only 1 point and 6 rebounds.