CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No Tyson Chandler, no problem. Not on Friday night, at least.
In their first game without injured their All Star center, the Knicks rolled to a 101-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Bargs bringing' it: Bargnani will play more minutes during Chandler's absence (Chandler's out for 4-6 weeks because of a fractured right fibula).
That's certainly a downgrade on defense for the Knicks (2-3). But Bargnani played relatively well on the defensive end (he had five blocks) on Friday and made up for any lapses with a strong offensive game.
The 7-footer scored his season-high 25 points in just 34 minutes.
He went 3-for-9 from the 3-point line and had three assists.
Perhaps most surprising, for a guy who allegedly doesn't like contact, Bargnani rebounded the ball fairly well.
He entered play Friday averaging two rebounds but had eight against Charlotte, tying Anthony for the team's high.
Three for all: With Chandler out, Mike Woodson was forced to abandon his "big" lineup and go back to the two-point guard lineup that the Knicks had great success with last season.
The small lineup helped New York shoot 47 percent on Friday. The Knicks were also extremely effective from beyond the arc. They hit 46.2 percent (12-for-26).
New York, which set an NBA record for made 3s and attempted 3s last season, exploded for six 3s in the third quarter to open up a 19-point lead. This spurt helped ruin the head coaching debut for ex-Knicks legend Patrick Ewing. Ewing was coaching the Bobcats on Friday because head coach Steve Clifford was hospitalized because of chest pain.
Melo fellow: Anthony called his teammates out for a lack of intensity after Tuesday's loss to Charlotte. He let his play do the talking on Friday.
Anthony finished 12-for-22 from the field. He had eight rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block.
What's next: The Knicks have a tough test on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs. They will likely have J.R. Smith back for the first time this season. The reigning Sixth Man of the year has served a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.
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