Anderson, Bobcats down Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Alan Anderson scored 18 points and Raymond
Felton had 16 points and 14 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the New
York Knicks, 98-91, in a meaningless contest at Madison Square Garden.
Jake Voskuhl tallied 17 points and nine boards and Melvin Ely had 12 points
for the Bobcats, who have won three straight and four of five. Matt Carroll
rounded out the double-figure scorers for Charlotte, which improved to 25-56
with just one game remaining in the season.
“I’m looking forward to Wednesday, that’s when the season ends,” said
Charlotte head coach Bernie Bickerstaff. “I am looking forward to relaxation.”
Jamal Crawford had a game-high 24 points and added six assists for the Knicks,
whose disappointing season is just one game away from a merciful conclusion.
Eddy Curry registered 16 points as New York’s losing streak reached five games
in its home finale.
“It’s frustrating to lose,” said New York’s Malik Rose. “You just get tired of
it. I don’t like it at all. I hope we can correct it next year. We have a lot
of talent in this locker room and a lot of weapons that can help us win, but
we didn’t come close to playing together or playing as a unit. That’s what
made winning very hard in my estimation…We didn’t play together all year.”
New York head coach Larry Brown missed his third straight game due to a
stomach ailment that had him hospitalized last week after the team lost in
Cleveland. It is unclear at this point if Brown will be on the bench for the
club’s season finale Wednesday in New Jersey.
The Knicks scored the first seven points of the second half to take a 56-55
lead. However, that was the final advantage for New York in the game. Voskuhl
responded on the Bobcats’ next possession with a basket and later he started a
7-2 run to end the third quarter, giving Charlotte a 76-69 edge heading into
Carroll hit a three-pointer to start the final quarter scoring and New York
got only as close as 91-88 the rest of the way. Crawford’s basket with just
over two minutes left made it a three-point game, but Felton answered with a
field goal on the Bobcats’ next trip down the floor and New York never got
within one possession the rest of the way.
New York led 27-26 after one quarter, but the Bobcats rallied to lead 55-49
after two quarters of play.
New York fell to 15-26 at home this season…Charlotte improved to 9-32 on the
road…The Bobcats swept the season series against the Knicks.