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Bobcats 106, Knicks 95

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gerald Henderson scored 27 points and Kemba Walker added 23 points and 13 assists as the Charlotte Bobcats rolled to a 106-95 victory over a New York Knicks team that was without Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and four others.

The Bobcats raced to a 30-17 lead after one quarter, led by as many as 18 in the second quarter, then pushed the lead up to as many as 23 in the second half. They led 84-67 after three quarters.

The Knicks didn't even bring Anthony, Chandler, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire on the trip. Felton and Marcus Camby suited up but did not play.

Officially, the Knicks listed Anthony out with a sore left shoulder, Chandler with a bulging disc, Martin with a sprained ankle, Camby with plantar fasciitis and Stoudemire with a knee debridement. Smith and Felton were simply "resting."

The Knicks were content to stand on the perimeter and shoot 3-pointers all night, finishing 14 of 37 from beyond the arc. Chris Copeland led the Knicks with a career-high 32 points. Steve Novak scored 17, James White 15 and Iman Shumpert added 14.

The Bobcats also got 12 points from Jeffery Taylor, 10 points and 11 rebounds from Bismack Biyombo, and 10 points from Josh McRoberts.

The victory moved the Bobcats to 20-61 and was the sixth win in their last eight games at Time Warner Cable Arena.

New York fell to 53-28.

Notes: NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver held a town hall meeting with Bobcats season ticket holders before the game. He said that the Bobcats have not petitioned to have their name changed and that it would likely be an 18-month process if they did. There has been sentiment for the franchise to get back the Hornets nickname. ... The Knicks waived Solomon Jones on Monday, so the roster currently stands at 14. The 6-foot-10 Jones appeared in two games. He was signed last week after the Knicks waived Kurt Thomas. ... Coach Mike Woodson said before the game the Knicks would likely sign a backcourt player, with the frontcourt now deep enough with the return of Rasheed Wallace and Camby. ... Wallace had not played since Dec. 13 because of a fractured fifth metatarsal, while Camby returned after missing the previous nine games with plantar fasciitis. ... Woodson said he still expects Stoudemire to return sometime during the playoffs. ... By sitting out the final two games of the regular season, Anthony has in essence locked up the NBA scoring title. He's averaging 28.656 points per game, with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant at 28.137, so Durant would have to combine for 99 points in his final two games to catch Anthony. ... The Knicks sewed up the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed by beating Indiana 90-80 on Sunday. ... The Knicks had won all three previous meetings with the Bobcats this season, most recently 111-102 in New York on March 29. ... Charlotte had its own injury issues with Ramon Sessions (knee), DeSagana Diop (knee) and Brendan Haywood (foot) all out. ... The Knicks will close out the regular season on Wednesday against Atlanta at Madison Square Garden, while the Bobcats will host Cleveland on Wednesday in their season finale.
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