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Recap: Bobcats vs Knicks, Game 15

Boxscore of Charlotte Bobcats and New York Knicks – 11/24/2010
Score: 99-95 New York
Bobcats record: 5-10
Offensive Efficiency: 103.3
Defensive Efficiency: 106.5
Meritorious Player: D.J. Augustin – While Tyrus Thomas had a slightly more impressive statistical night individually, D.J. had the additional pressure of going against the “hometown” boy in Raymond Felton, who had a lot of family and friends on hand for his return to Charlotte. The incentive to prove the Bobcats made the right decision by handing the team over to him could have induced D.J. into playing an overly aggressive game, forcing shots and passes – but he just put up another solid night, one that is becoming typical of his season: 14 points on 13 attempts, 7 assists to 0 turnovers, and the added bonus of 8 rebounds.

With that said, Raymond got the better of the matchup tonight, finishing with 23 points and 13 assists – though those assists are strongly countered by 6 turnovers – so D.J. took night one of the duel and Raymond night two. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, they could not manage a split, with the Knicks sweeping the back to back. How? Some more threes, as the Knicks went 12 of 25 from deep tonight, improving on Tuesday’s 10 of 25. With the Bobcats only managing 2 makes from long-range themselves, the 30-point discrepancy on threes proved too much to overcome, despite a strong Bobcats effort at attacking the paint.

The man who did a lot of deterring? None other than Amare Stoudemire, with the most impressive being his late block at the rim of a Stephen Jackson dunk attempt. It was a great play, and just one of six Stoudemire blocks on the night.

The Bobcats had their own landlord in the paint, with Tyrus Thomas blocking 4 shots, to go along with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Oh – and Tyrus got the start. While it was just one evening so far, the results were solid: The Bobcats won 66-56 with their new starting 5 on the floor, as Nazr sat this one out and Kwame Brown saw just 7 minutes of action. A sign that Larry Brown is adjusting to the personnel he has or a one night hiatus from the norm, we’ll find out soon enough.