Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - With Carmelo Anthony exiting late in the
fourth quarter with a hand injury, New York was without its closer in the
final seconds of a tied game.
However, they found one in J.R. Smith, who made huge plays on both sides of
Smith came up with a pivotal steal and then drained the game-winning bucket as
time expired to help the Knicks escape Charlotte with a 100-98 victory over
Smith finished with 13 points and also had a key block late in the game. Tyson
Chandler put forth a monstrous double-double, posting 18 points and 17
rebounds to help pace the Knicks to their fourth straight win.
Anthony finished with 23 points, but scored just three on 1-of-11 shooting in
the second half before leaving. Raymond Felton tallied 17 points and nine
assists and in his return after missing four games with back spasms, Jason
Kidd totaled seven points, two steals and three blocks.
Charlotte turned the ball over on each of its final five possessions to send
the club to its fifth straight loss. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 25 points
and had a season-best 11 assists.
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