CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Life without Tyson Chandler hasn't been too terrible for the Knicks so far. They have a 51-47 lead on Charlotte after two quarters.
Here are a few observations from the first half:
Bargs is bringing it: Andrea Bargnani has a season-high 15 points on 7-for-16 shooting. He has only made one of five 3-point attempts but has done some damage around the rim, which is surprising, considering Bargnani's reputation as a perimeter shooter who shies away from contact. The 7-footer is 2-for-3 from inside the paint. He drove baseline on Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo and converted a reverse layup in the second quarter. The Knicks' bench loved it.
Perhaps more surprising, Bargnani has six rebounds and two blocks. The Knicks are outscoring the Bobcats by eight in his 21 minutes.
Paint protection? The Knicks have been outrebounded 26-21 with Chandler out, which is to be expected. They have held their own on the offensive boards (11 for NY, 7 for CHA) but are getting beaten on the defensive boards (19-10). But that's partially because of the Knicks taking 16 more shots than Patrick Ewing's Bobcats in the first half.
Carmelo scoring: Carmelo Anthony called his teammates out for a lack of intensity after Tuesday's loss to Charlotte. So far, he's letting his play do the talking Friday.
He has 16 first-half points with four assists and four rebounds and has gotten to the line five times.
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