Wallace leads Bobcats past Knicks, 105-95

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats dominated New York 105-95 on Friday to send the listless Knicks back to their losing ways.

Nazr Mohammed added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Richardson and Emeka Okafor scored 17 points apiece for the Bobcats, who rolled out to a 24-point second-quarter lead.

While the Knicks made it respectable late, the game was never in doubt as Charlotte won its second straight game since part-owner Michael Jordan practiced with the team.

The Knicks, playing again without Stephon Marbury who continues to grieve his father’s death, proved incapable of building off a blowout win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

That victory came two days after embattled coach Isiah Thomas questioned his team’s heart and toughness, but the harsh words worked for only one game.

Thomas seems to have another budding controversy to deal with, after getting into a heated exchange with Quentin Richardson during a timeout early in the third quarter. Thomas had to be restrained by assistant coach Herb Williams, and Richardson never returned to the game.

Consistently beaten off the dribble and allowing the Bobcats free reign inside, the Knicks allowed the league’s second-lowest scoring team to shoot 50 percent.

Nate Robinson scored 20 points for the Knicks, who dropped to 1-10 on the road and failed to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

Jamal Crawford added 16 points and Zach Randolph scored 15, but they combined to shoot 11-for-30.

The Bobcats improved to 2-0 since Jordan’s hands-on involvement earlier in the week, when he jumped into a practice drill with the team a day after sitting in on a film session.

On Wednesday, the Bobcats rallied from 12 points down with under six minutes to play against Utah. They needed no such comeback this time.

Coming in as the NBA’s second-lowest scoring team at 92.1 points a game, Charlotte shot 58 percent in rolling out to a 67-44 halftime lead. Wallace had his way driving to the basket, scoring 20 points in the half. Richardson hit 3-of-4 3-pointers as the Knicks put up little resistance.

The Bobcats built the lead to 29 in the third quarter, with Thomas only getting off the bench during timeouts.

The Knicks did rally late, getting within 10 points with 3:35 left on Robinson’s 3-pointer, but then went more than two minutes without scoring to end their faint hopes.

David Lee, who scored 22 points against the Cavaliers, had 11 points and 11 rebounds on 5-of-13 shooting.

Mohammed continued his impressive play since being acquired by Charlotte last week in a trade with Detroit. Mohammed hit 8 of 11 shots and all four free throws.


Marbury missed his seventh game in the past 10. … Bobcats F Othella Harrington missed his second straight game with pain from arthritis in his surgically repaired left knee. The injury has kept little-used rookie F Jermareo Davidson from starting a stint in the NBA Development League. … Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens, in town for Saturday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, chatted with several Knicks in front of their locker room before the game. He watched most of the game from a suite with NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders.

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 Top Performers
 New York
N. Robinson N. Robinson
8-14,  20 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists
N. Mohammed N. Mohammed
8-11,  20 Pts
14 Rebs, 1 Assists

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