The New York Knicks made a dozen 3-pointers Friday to build a lead of as many as 19 points for a 101-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The loss dropped the Bobcats to 3-3 on the season and broke a two-game winning streak. The Bobcats beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Tuesday before topping the Toronto Raptors Wednesday.
The Knicks got 28 points from forward Carmelo Anthony and 25 from center Andrea Bargnani. Kemba Walker scored 25 for the Bobcats, but struggled in his shooting, making just 8 of 21 from the field.
The Knicks pushed their four-point halftime lead to 19 in the third quarter. The Knicks made six of their seven 3-point attempts in the third, including three in a row for the 19-point margin.
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The Bobcats trailed by as many as 11 points before entering halftime down 51-47. Charlotte didn’t shoot particularly well (38 percent from the field and 0 for 5 from 3-point range) and their eight first-half turnovers led to 10 Knicks points.
Anthony got a quick start with 12 points in the first quarter. Along the way he drew two fouls from Jeff Taylor and one from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Point guard Kemba Walker’s shooting slump continued, following his big game in New York beating the Knicks. Walker suffered a left shoulder contusion in that game in a collision with Knicks forward Metta World Peace. Whether it’s that or for some other reason, Walker’s shot has been way off.
He shot 2-of-13 in Wednesday’s victory over the Toronto Raptors, then missed his first seven attempts from the field Friday before making a pull-up jump shot in the lane. However Walker got to the foul line eight times before halftime to total 10 points.
The Bobcats have a knack for getting to the line but a struggle making those attempts. They entered this game last among 30 NBA teams in free-throw percentage. But they made 19 of 20 free throws in the first half, the only miss from center Bismack Biyombo.
Reserve Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions, an expert at drawing shooting fouls, took six free throws in nine first-half minutes, scoring 12 points.
The Knicks hardly ever got to the line, making 3 of 6 before halftime.
Bobcats associate head coach Patrick Ewing coached the Bobcats Friday after coach Steve Clifford was hospitalized with chest pains. Clifford had a procedure Friday to place two stents in his heart.
The Bobcats again played without center Al Jefferson (ankle sprain/bruise). After playing in the opener, Jefferson has missed the last five games.
The Bobcats next play Monday, a home game against the Atlanta Hawks.