The Bobcats couldn't stop the Knicks from making threes early, but clamped down on the distance shooting late, coming all the way back to make it a 1-point game with 3.6 seconds to go. However, the Cats couldn't quite get over the hump, losing 110-107 when Stephen Jackson's buzzer-beater attempt floated wide.
D.J. Augustin will probably never be a defensive stalwart, but he's exceeding even the most optimistic expectations on the offensive end. Tonight, he glowed in the Garden with 24 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Derrick Brown was right there with him off the bench, scoring 12 points and pulling down 4 rebounds (3 offensive) in only 24 minutes.
On the Knicks, Amare' Stoudemire was hampered by foul trouble, but still managed to score 17 points on 12 attempts. Ronny Turiaf and Toney Douglas did the most damage. Turiaf shot 6-6 from the field for 12 points, and also got 2 blocks and 2 steals. Douglas shot 8-12, including 5-7 from three. All those threes were in the first half, and his inability to keep his stroke in the final 24 minutes was a big reason the Cats were able to claw back into the game.
This one was a barn burner, and we're going to do it all again tomorrow night in Charlotte. Game thread comment, lowlights, and highlights coming shortly.