Knicks 99, Bobcats 95

Posted: November 24, 2010 in Knicks

Raymond Felton burned his old team for 23 points and 13 assists.

Say it with me, folks. The New York Knicks are on fire. I have to keep repeating it to myself, because there haven’t been many instances where you could make that statement in say, the last 10 years.
The Knicks have rebounded nicely from a putrid six-game losing streak to win their fifth in a row, topping Charlotte 99-95 tonight in the second of a home-and-home series.
For the second straight night, the Knicks surged to a double-digit second-half lead on Charlotte, only to see the lead evaporate in the fourth. But unlike earlier games this season, the Knicks didn’t falter when late adversity hit them.
After the Bobcats took the lead on a Tyrus Thomas three-point play with less than two minutes to go, the Knicks took control down the stretch with some big free throws and key defensive stops and rebounds.
Raymond Felton continues to shine, scoring a team-leading 23 points and adding 13 assists. He was already averaging more than 17 points and close to 8 assists per game, so those numbers will go up a bit. Wilson Chandler filled the role played by Toney Douglas last night as the spark off the bench, scoring 21 points and pulling down eight boards. Amar’e Stoudemire added 20 points and six blocks, while the rookie Landry Fields had another solid outing with eight points, 10 rebounds and a pair of steals.
The Knicks are back at .500 at 8-8. And what’s better, LeCon James, Chris Soft and the reeling Heat lost another one tonight to the Magic. They’re now 8-7 and while I expect them to get it going soon (probably after Pat Riley saunters down from the front office to coach), I’m loving their struggles right now.
New York is back at home Saturday to host the Atlanta Hawks. Hopefully, they can make it six in a row and move over .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 early on.


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