Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Knicks 111, Bobcats 78
By Ian Begley
WHAT IT MEANS: The weakest offensive threat of the Knicks' Big Three is Tyson Chandler. But that's exactly who led them in a blowout win over Charlotte and helped them snap a six-game losing streak.
In fact, Chandler dominated on both ends of the floor against the Bobcats, finishing with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 17 rebounds. The Knicks improved to 7-10.
THE GOOD: After missing 20 of his 30 attempts against Denver on Saturday, Carmelo Anthony wondered aloud whether he was shooting too much.
Apparently, he decided that he was. Anthony did not convert a field goal Tuesday against Charlotte. He finished with one point and missed all seven shots, passing up several shots he normally takes. But he found other ways to contribute -- Anthony had 11 rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tuesday was the first time in Anthony's career that he's played more than 2 minutes and made no field goals. Anthony has had just one other game without a field goal, when he sprained his ankle 1:09 into a game against the Nets in 2005.
AMARE EMERGES: There's been plenty of speculation about reasons behind Amare Stoudemire's struggles. Is it because of Anthony? Is it because the Knicks don't have a point guard? Is it because he's playing power forward instead of center? On Tuesday, none of those issues held him back.
Stoudemire scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. His shot selection improved greatly and he finished with several strong dunks.
Also, Landry Fields had a strong game. Fields put up solid numbers for the third straight night, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He went 5-for-6 from the line and added four rebounds and four assists in one of his strongest performances of the season.
The Knicks held Boris Diaw to four points after he torched them in two nights at the Garden earlier this season. Diaw missed five of six attempts. Overall, New York held Charlotte to 33 percent shooting.
THE BAD: Iman Shumpert scored three points on 1-for-9 shooting in 25 minutes.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on Cleveland on Wednesday in their fifth back-to-back of the season. They are 1-3 in the second game of back-to-backs of the season. The Cavs, led in part by rookie and New Jersey native Kyrie Irving, entered play on Tuesday at 6-9 and had lost three straight.
They have Thursday off following the Cleveland game then travel to Miami to face LeBron James and the Heat.