Bobcats defeat Knicks as Tyson Chandler suffers knee injury

Tyson hurt

NEW YORK- After winning their season opener, the New York Knicks have gone 0-3 as they fall to the Charlotte Bobcats 102-97.

Kemba Walker returned to Madison Square Garden, where he won five games in five days during his time as a Connecticut Huskie in the Big East Championship tournament, and had another memorable performance. Walker had 25 points, along with 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in the win, while Gerald Henderson added 18 points and 8 rebounds of his own.

As the story has been for the Knicks defense, the Bobcats got out to an early lead, and never let up. With Walker and Henderson leading the charge on offense, it was second-year man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who made the biggest impact of the night with his defense on Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony had said he was being too passive during the fourth quarters of games, and the NBA’s leader in minutes shot 10-28 from the floor, to score 32 points with 5 rebounds, in 45 minutes of game action.

The big fall for the Knicks came early in the game when center Tyson Chandler left with a right knee injury.

In result, the Knicks called upon more minutes from Kenyon Martin (18), Amar’e Stoudemire (11), but even more noticeable, Metta World Peace, who had 32.

While the Bobcats committed 22 turnovers to the Knicks 14, the game was definitely advantage Charlotte, when free throws came into play. The Bobcats finished 34-42 from the foul line, while the Knicks went 19-23.

A late three-point basket by Anthony made things interesting at 99-96, and Iman Shumpert stole the following inbounds pass, but went 1-2 from the line, and Charlotte has their best start (2-2) since the 2009-10 season.

The Knicks are off to their worst start (1-3), since the 2009-10 season, and may now be without their defensive enforcer for some time. J.R. Smith has now served four  games of his five game suspension, and will be a nice return for the Knicks when he does, but a role must be decided upon return.

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