Dec 5, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) drives through the defense of New York Nicks guard J.R. Smith (8) and center Tyson Chandler (6) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Knicks win 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Hit Broadway Against Streaking New York Knicks: Game 72 Preview

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Backcourt scoring has come with ease for the Charlotte Bobcats this season. The Bobcats have led the league in backcourt points for the majority of the season, thanks to their glut of guards. Lately, Gerald Henderson has been the one carrying Charlotte’s guards.

In March, Henderson is averaging 19.1 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and shooting 47% from the field. Henderson has been getting into the paint, drawing fouls and hitting his free throws at an 86% clip. Henderson’s scoring surge has since the all-star break has been a welcome addition to the Bobcats, who’ve now won three of their last five games.

A win tonight on the road will be tough, as the Bobcats go into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. The Bobcats again will be relying on the firepower of their backcourt. Henderson and Kemba Walker combined for 68 points in their last win over Orlando, so the confidence and ability is there.

The Knicks have won six games in a row after losing four in a row. During their win streak J.R. Smith has led the team in scoring four times. Smith, who made a game winner against the Bobcats earlier in the season, has been playing very well in March. Smith is averaging 21.6 points this month and 25.6 points on 54% shooting in his last five games. A candidate for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, the Bobcats are going to have to zero in on Smith when he comes off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony has also been playing well since returning from injury. Anthony is averaging just above 27 points in his last five games and remains one of the more difficult players for the Bobcats to guard. In 17 career games against Charlotte, Anthony shoots just below 50% from the field, while scoring 26 points per contest. Anthony didn’t shoot the ball well in the last meeting against Charlotte, but at home, it could certainly be a different story.

 

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