Bobcats 126, Knicks 110


NEW YORK (AP) – Emeka Okafor had 20 points and a career-high 10 blocked shots, Derek Anderson scored 29 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats snapped the New York Knicks’ three-game winning streak with a 126-110 victory Friday night.

Matt Carroll added 23 points for the Bobcats, who rode a strong second half to their second impressive road victory this week. They were coming off a 103-96 win at Detroit.

Carroll continued his recent strong play, increasing his average to 21.7 points over the last six games. Raymond Felton added 16 points and 14 assists.

Okafor took care of the rest with the NBA’s highest blocked shot total this season. He fell one rebound short of a triple-double.

The Knicks were seeking their sixth straight home victory, but allowed Charlotte to shoot 59.3 percent, easily the Bobcats’ best effort of the season.

Stephon Marbury scored 28 points and Eddy Curry added 27 for the Knicks, who were seeking their second home victory over Charlotte this season. They beat the Bobcats 111-109 on Dec. 20 when David Lee tipped in a long pass from Jamal Crawford just before the buzzer to end the second overtime.

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