By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)
Most teams usually have the Charlotte Bobcats circled on their calendars for the simple fact that it seems like an automatic victory. If you're the New York Knicks recently, its been everything but automatic when it comes to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Back on October 25th, the Bobcats, during a preseason game, came into the newly transformed Madison Square Garden and defeated the Knicks. Fast forward a week and a half later and the same Bobcats team rolled into Madison Square Garden and defeated the Knicks -- again, 102-97.
The Knicks, coming off a tough loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home on Sunday night, were looking to bounce back, and the Bobcats were to be that opponent where the Knicks could get their gear in order.
The only problem with that was the 1-2 Bobcats had something else in mind.
Without their major offseason acquisition Al Jefferson and Knick killer Ben Gordon, the Bobcats were led by their third year point guard and New York native, Kemba Walker, who came into the game averaging 16.3 ppg.
Kemba played a masterful game all throughout, though missing parts of the game after leaving with a brief shoulder injury in the third quarter.
It seemed the Knicks didn't have an answer for guarding Walker, as he got to the rim at times with ease, making tough plays, including a clutch step back shot over Kenyon Martin late in the fourth quarter to solidify a Bobcats victory.
The Knicks, being down by as many as eleven points in the fourth, cut the lead down to three late in the game but couldn't capitalize as Iman Shumpert missed a crucial free throw.
Charlotte, even without Jefferson, was able to out rebound the Knicks 51-33, with the Knicks' Tyson Chandler, their leading rebounder, leaving the game early on with a knee injury.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats in scoring, with 25 points, also dishing out 6 assists and grabbing 5 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 32 points on 10-28 shooting.
The Bobcats are now 2-2 on the young season, as the Knicks fall to 1-3.