Streaking Knicks Use Threes To Defeat Bobcats

Published on: 8th January, 2010

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Streaking Knicks Use Threes To Defeat Bobcats

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NEW YORK — The New York Knicks are finally starting to show they got their act together, after their dismal 1-9 start to this season.

Chris Duhon made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:03 left, and Danilo Gallinari followed with two more threes, as the Knicks pulled out a 97-93 victory over the Bobcats on Thursday night.

Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Knicks, who hit six 3-pointers in the final quarter and 12 overall. David Lee had 22 points, and Gallinari finished with 17 for the Knicks, who have won three straight and 11 of 16. They held their opponent below 100 points for the 13th time in 15 games

Down by 10 after a rough start to the third quarter, Nate Robinson scored 8 of his 10 points in a matter of minutes. After a pullup three to end the third, followed by a dunk and another three to start the fourth, the Knicks were back in the game.

They also got a bit lucky.

Stephen Jackson had the ability to tie the game with less than 2 minutes left. And it appeared he did draining a 3 pointer. But, after review, Sean Wright , Gary Zielinski , and Joe Derosa decided that Jacksons foot was on the line – video tape shows otherwise. A crucial point taken away by the referees that changed the outcome of the game.

The Knicks are now 15-20, and have gone 14-11 since those first ten games.  They now sit a half game out of 8th place in the East.

Jackson, recently acquired from Golden State, led the way for the Bobcats with 26 points, and Ronald Murray had a nice outing off the bench (20 points). The loss snaps a 3-game winning streak for Charlotte, which now holds the 7th seed in the East.

The Knicks were throwing up threes like they had no conscience, especially Gallinari.

“In practice, I have no limits,” Danilo Gallinari joked afterwards.

But, it is the Knicks defense that has come to the fore in this re-awakened franchise.

“Our defense, I think, is good enough now to keep us in the game,” Lee said. “We’re not going to dominate too many people, but we scramble enough to hold teams to a low enough shooting percentage, and we’re taking away easy buckets. So it gives us a chance to win.”

Flip Murray added 20 for the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. They launched 11 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but made only four of them, while the Knicks were 6 of 8.

“I don’t like us shooting 3s to be honest,” Bobcats coach Larry Brown said.

“You just can’t just come down and not move the defense and move yourself and shoot it. Last I looked teams were shooting almost 48 percent against them. We just took too many outside shots. But give them credit. That was their game plan I’m sure and they carried it out extremely well.

The Knicks shot 53 percent from the field and rebounded from an awful start to the second half to split the four-game season series with the Bobcats, potentially an important tiebreaker if the teams finish with the same record.

“It’s a game we should have won,” Jackson said. “They just made some better plays down the stretch but it’s just one game. It doesn’t determine (whether) we make the playoffs or not. It’s one game.”

At the game’s end, five straight points by Murray trimmed it to two with 13 seconds to play, but Chandler sank a pair of free throws and Charlotte couldn’t score again.

Both teams have been playing well after poor starts. Charlotte is tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, while New York is just a half-game back in a tie for ninth.

Robinson played his sparkplug role very well when he made a 3-pointer that cut it to 71-68 after three, then began the fourth with a dunk, followed by another 3 that put the Knicks back into the lead in the opening minute. New York held Charlotte to just three field goals in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the period.

“Our defense was really solid in the fourth quarter. I think there was a stretch where it was like 82-78 for about four or five minutes,” Duhon said. “Our defense has been really solid for the last month and a half, and that’s how we’ve been winning games.”

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