Knicks rout Bobcats

February 27, 2008 7:11:22 PM PST
Nate Robinson scored 22 points, Jamal Crawford added 20, and the New York Knicks matched their easiest victory of the season by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 113-89 on Wednesday night.Zach Randolph had 18 points and Quentin Richardson 17 for the Knicks, who are usually on the other end of these types of beatings. But New York blew by banged-up Charlotte after a slow start, getting 25 fast-break points and shooting 51 percent from the floor.

Every Knick who played scored except for struggling center Eddy Curry, who was 0-for-3 in 16 minutes before sitting down for good and watching his teammates speed up and down the court without him. Fred Jones chipped in 12 points and fellow reserve David Lee had 14 rebounds.

Knicks coach Isiah Thomas began emptying his bench halfway through the fourth quarter, seconds after New York's lead ballooned to 30.

Matt Carroll scored 19 points for the Bobcats, who lost their third straight. Emeka Okafor added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Bobcats are playing without leading scorer Gerald Wallace, out indefinitely after sustaining his fourth concussion in four years last week in a loss to Sacramento. Making matters worse, Jason Richardson managed only seven points in 12 minutes before leaving with a right eye contusion and small corneal abrasion.

The Knicks trailed by eight early in the second quarter before closing the period with a 15-0 burst. Robinson had six points, including a layup with 26 seconds left that gave the Knicks a 54-41 lead at halftime.

Charlotte cut it to nine midway through the third, but New York blew it open with a 19-5 surge, getting a number of easy baskets in transition. Jones' jumper made it 83-60 with 1:01 remaining in the period.