Charlotte Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin (14) drives past New York Knicks forward David Lee (42) to score in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Charlotte won 96-85. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Bobcats head coach Larry Brown left the court smiling after another big win at home 96-85 over the Knicks. It seems that every game is big from now until the end of the season as the Bobcats win but are unable to gain any ground on Detroit and Chicago, who both won tonight, for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
“We had 26 assists, we outrebounded them, we shot a high percentage, we did a lot of good things”, said coach Brown after the game.
He doesn’t usually have much to say when the Bobcats win but he definitely gives his guys praise when it’s due. Tonight he said a lot about Gerald Wallace who played an all-around game and led the Bobcats with 23 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and three blocks.
Wallace had 14 of his 23 points in the first half along with five assists in which he was evenly distributing the ball to all Bobcats players, solidifying his leadership status for the team. He’s been hot lately scoring 20-plus points eight times in his last 12 games.
The game was 50-44 at the half in a shootout that went back and forth. It wasn’t until the second half that the Bobcats took evident control of the game. D.J. Augustin played another great game scoring 19 points shooting 8-9 and adding four assists.
“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m moving pretty well”, said a confident Augustin, “We did a great job on defense tonight. They made a lot of tough shots, but I think our defense won the game.”
The Bobcats held the Knicks to 37.6 % shooting and once again outrebounded their opponent grabbing 46 to the Knicks 34. Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington both had 18 points for the Knicks and Nate Robinson added 13 off the bench.
“We have to win every game from here on out”, said Knicks guard Nate Robinson.
The Bobcats are one win better than all of last year (33-40), while the Knicks are just about out of the playoffs at 29-44.
The Bobcats will face the L.A. Lakers at home on Tuesday, while the Knicks travel to play the Jazz in Utah tomorrow night.