Wednesday , Dec , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats, Knicks battle at MSG

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks continue their homestand tonight when
they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to Madison Square Garden.

New York is 1-1 on the homestand and defeated Utah, 97-96, in overtime on
Monday night. Stephon Marbury was the hero with the game-winning layup as time
expired. He ended with 29 points and eight assists as the Knicks followed one
of their ugliest events in franchise history with one of their best wins of
the season. The Knicks were involved in a melee with the Denver Nuggets on

David Lee ended with 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the Knicks,
who ended a two-game slide. Jamal Crawford added 18 points and Channing Frye
had 10 points and 10 boards for New York, which had just eight players
available because of the suspensions that were handed down on Monday as a
result of the incident.

New York’s Nate Robinson got a 10-game suspension, while Mardy Collins was
suspended for six games and teammate Jared Jeffries was given a four-game
penalty. Jerome James was suspended one game for leaving the bench during the

Meanwhile, the Bobcats have lost five of six games, including Saturday’s
106-100 loss to the Boston Celtics. Gerald Wallace netted a season-high 31
points for the Bobcats, who again failed to win back-to-back games for the
first time this season.

Raymond Felton and Adam Morrison both scored 16 points, while Emeka Okafor
posted 12 points, a season-high 19 rebounds and matched his franchise-record
with eight blocked shots.

The Knicks are 4-10 at home and will host Chicago on Friday.

Charlotte has won three straight and four of the seven meetings with New York.