The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the New York Knicks, 102-97, on Tuesday night, improving to 2-2 on the season while the Knicks fell to 1-3.
It was the third-straight loss for Mike Woodson's bunch, and they struggled to find consistent sources of offense for the fourth-straight game.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 32 points on 10-of-28 shooting, but he was hardly efficient and couldn't shoulder the scoring burden all by himself. Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert both added 14 points while Metta World Peace contributed 18 off of the bench.
New York shot 42.7 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three in the loss.
The real story, though, was the play of Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker. Leading all Bobcats scorers with 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting, Walker controlled the offense all night long, whether it was setting up teammates (six assists), scoring from the outside or slicing through the Knicks' weak interior defense.
New York's frontcourt was especially thin after center Tyson Chandler exited with a knee injury in the first-half, and he will be re-evaluated tomorrow after X-rays came back inconclusive.
Charlotte, who owned the league's worst offense entering Tuesday night, shot 42.3 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc while getting to the line a stunning 42 times.
The Bobcats also out-rebounded the Knicks, 51-33, due in part to Chandler's absence.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist came up with one of the better performances of his career to date, as well, scoring 16 points (5-of-7 shooting), grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots while providing swarming defense on Anthony.
Next up for Charlotte is a meeting with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday while the Knicks will see the Bobcats again on Friday for a rematch on the road.