Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career-high 13 assists and Gerald Henderson had 27 points, as the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the New York Knicks 106-95. Walker and Henderson combined to go 20-31 from the field with 18 assists.
The Bobcats entered tonight’s game with the league’s worst record at 19-61. With the Orlando Magic losing their game to the Chicago Bulls, Wednesday’s season finale could decide which team will finish with the worse record. Both teams are now 20-61.
Bismack Biyombo reached double-digits in rebounding for the fifth time this month. Biyombo had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in 43 minutes. Josh McRoberts continued his stat-filling ways, with 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. The Bobcats outrebounded a diminished Knicks frontcourt by 12 and had 48 points in the paint. The Bobcats shot 58.1% from the field, which obviously hasn’t happened much this season.
The Knicks were without a number of key players, most notably their leading scorer Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who’s just a game away from winning his first NBA scoring title, is expected to sit out the Knicks season finale to rest up for the postseason. J.R. Smith and former Bobcats Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler also sat out today’s game. The Knicks were already without Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Marcus Camby was dressed, but did not play. Rasheed Wallace returned to the Knicks lineup, but left the game early with a sore left foot.
The Bobcats will close the season at Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday, when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. As mentioned, the game could be a big game in terms of determing draft lottery probability. Otherwise, it’s the last chance for the Bobcats to try to do something that can possibly carry over into next season.