Mar 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Iman Shumpert (21) defends Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Bobcats Turn a Blowout Into A Close-ish loss: Game 72 Recap

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The Charlotte Bobcats turned an abysmal first half performance into a nine point, 111-102 loss to the New York Knicks Friday night.

Gerald Henderson matched a career high 35 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist put up 14 points and eight rebounds. Those efforts weren’t enough, though.

J.R. Smith scored 30 points for the third straight game off the bench, finishing with 37 and Carmelo Anthony dropped 32 points (on 28 shots) to go along with 11 rebounds for a solid double-double. Raymond Felton was the only other Knick in double figures. He scored 18 points on 11 shots.

His counterpart, Kemba Walker, dished out eight assists, but turned the ball over five times and scored just 16 points on 18 shots.

The Knicks out-rebounded and out-shot the Bobcats in every facet of the phrase “out-shot”, but the ‘Cats did out-assist New York… By a final count of 18-14…

But enough negative.

Hendo is, after all, on a tear like he hasn’t been on in a long time (if ever).

His 35 points were on an efficient nine-of-16 shooting, but his shooting percentage wasn’t the most fascinating thing about that scoring barrage.

Henderson played half of the fourth quarter with five fouls, and still played aggressive basketball; He drew  four fouls after picking up his fifth, and he wouldn’t have gotten to 35 points without the resulting free-throws.

The season is almost over. Charlotte has just ten games left. It’s almost time for optimism again. I promise.

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