Al Jefferson scored a season-high 35 points as the Charlotte Bobcats (16-23) snapped the New York Knicks (15-23) five-game win streak in a 108-98 victory.
Jefferson went 14-for-20 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Jefferson scored 19 of his 35 points in the first half.
Kemba Walker added 25 points and Gerald Henderson scored 17. Walker went 4-4 of 4 from the field in the fourth quarter including back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bobcats a 12 point lead with over eight minutes remaining. The trio combined for 77 points and were the only Bobcats players to score in double figures.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 20 points. Anthony is 31 of 72 from the field in three games against the Bobcats this season.
Tyson Chandler returned to the Knicks lineup after missing four games with bronchitis. The former Defensive Player of the Year has only played 14 games this season. Chandler finished with five points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.
J.R. Smith, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was benched for the second time in four games. Knicks fans in attendance chanted for Smith’s name during the fourth quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr., the No. 24 overall pick in the draft, played 28 minutes in his place and finished with 12 points.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to the Bobcats starting lineup after missing 19 games with a fractured left hand. The Bobcats were 7-12 without Kidd-Gilchrist and had lost eight of their last 10 games. Kidd-Gilchrist showed some rust offensively, but provided a defensive boost for the Bobcats, who were allowing over 111 points in January.