The Knicks lost to the Bobcats tonight by a score of 85-83.
The game itself came down to the final few seconds. After the Bobcats took their first lead of the game with under a minute to go, Carmelo Anthony missed a game tying shot with two seconds left.
After a very hot start shooting, the Knicks shot 38% for the game with Carmelo Anthony hitting just four of his 16 shots. The only player who looked in regular season form was Iman Shumpert who put up 16 points and was four for seven from behind the arc.
Kemba Walker was the game changer for the Bobcats. He put up 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds and added six assists.
Harris DeckerLet’s just start by saying that this game was a sigh of relief. While the season doesn’t start for the Knicks until Wednesday, this game felt real and we finally got to see some familiar faces back on the court.
Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith all made their pre-season debuts. The first thing that should stand out about this is that these guys were actually back on the court. Reports were swirling all week that Martin wouldn’t play in the pre-season and that Stoudemire could miss the beginning of the season. The best thing we saw from this trio was an impressive 9 for 14 (combined) from the field. What scares you is that of the three, Smith led with three rebounds. Stoudemire had zero and Martin had one.
The other thing that part of this game that is troubling was Andrea Bargnani’s performance. He shot just 2 for 10 from the field, failed to convert on any of his 3-pointers and passed up an open shot late in the game.
The Knicks open their season on Wednesday taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.