It was closer than it needed to be in the end, but the Bobcats left Madison Square Garden with a fairly convincing 102-97 win over the Knicks. Kemba Walker had a very impressive game, leading the charge for the Cats, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played terrific defense to minimize the effectiveness of Carmelo Anthony.
There were two areas in particular that won the game for the Bobcats: first-half shooting, and offensive rebounding. The team shot 6-for-10 from three in the first half, including multiple knock-downs from both Walker and Jeff Taylor. They also were able to get to and convert at the rim. Following a first-quarter injury to Tyson Chandler that knocked him out of the game, many of his minutes had to be given to Andre Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, who are, shall we say, not nearly as good defensively.