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Knicks End Losing Streak, Trump Bobcats

New York Knicks 111 Final
Recap | Box Score
78 Charlotte Bobcats
Tyrus Thomas, PF 31 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -16By the fourth quarter it was evident that Thomas’s heart was no longer in the game. Beyond going 1-9, Thomas was not a leader on the court. The 4th quarter demise of the Bobcats was not a matter of ability, but an issue of attitude.
Derrick Brown, F 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -25In the face of recent injuries, Brown has seen significantly more playing time. Approaching career highs for points and steals tonight, Brown will need to continue to prove his value if he wants to see more playing time upon the return of Maggette and White.
Byron Mullens, C 28 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -17Playing 28 minutes and only scoring 6 points, Mullens deserves a C- for his performance tonight. Points in the paint were a critical void for the Bobcats; the team was outscored here 46 to 20. Mullens needs to use his height to earn some quick points in the key.
Gerald Henderson, G 27 MIN | 6-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -12Despite being in only his third season, Henderson has positioned himself as a veteran on the court. In his 6th straight game with 15 plus points, Henderson has become a staple in the Bobcats starting lineup.
Kemba Walker, PG 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 22 PTS | -23Kemba made some costly mistakes, particularly in the first half. However, these errors are largely offset by the fact that he was the Bobcats leading scorer. Walker surprised many with his performance tonight and showed why he warranted a top 10 pick in the draft.
Boris Diaw, PF 24 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -15The Bobcats bench, led by Diaw, made little impact on the game tonight. If the Bobcats want to see wins in the future, they will need to get more value out of the 6th man.

Four Things We Saw

  1. The injury-laden Bobcats roster is taking a toll on its remaining players. While Walker and Henderson have continued to step up their game, others have seemingly crumbled under the pressure.
  2. The lack of depth in the Bobcats bench was critical to this loss. While players outside the starting five for the Knicks scored a combined 51 points, the Bobcats bench scored 16.
  3. Carmelo Anthony was held to a career low of 1 point. Despite this, Stoudemire and Chandler led the Knicks to a decisive win over the Bobcats.
  4. For now, the Bobcats need to brush this loss under the rug if they want to pull out a W against the Wizards tomorrow.