THE GOOD: Iman Shumpert. The rookie made several electrifying plays in his first start at point guard at Madison Square Garden. But even better than that, he did a solid job running the Knicks' offense. He finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
He found Tyson Chandler for an alley-oop off of a pick and roll twice. He converted two steals in the Charlotte backcourt to dunks, one an electrifying finish with Boris Diaw trailing the play.
Shumpert, though, left the floor with under two minutes to play with cramps, according to the Knicks. We will have an update on this after the game.
BALANCED EFFORT ON OFFENSE: The Knicks had five players score more than 16 points. Amare Stoudemire had 25 and Tyson Chandler was the definition of efficiency. The 7-1 center had 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 22 and struggled from the floor, missing 12 of 18 shots. Stoudemire made just seven of his 25 attempts but had 11 from the line. The Knicks had 40 free-throw attempts; the Bobcats had just 15.
Chandler, by the way, also had three blocks and 13 rebounds, giving the Knicks the kind of dominant performance they' hoped for when signing him to a four-year $58 million contract.