Smith's 18-footer lifts Knicks over Bobcats 100-98


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) J.R. Smith hit a fallaway jumper from the left wing as time expired to give the New York Knicks a 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats appeared in position to win late in the game after a miss by Raymond Felton with 14 seconds left, but rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an ill-advised pass and Smith intercepted it.

After a timeout, Smith drove to the left side and hit an 18-footer over Kidd-Gilchrist.

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half, but wasn't on the floor for the final 2:10 after injuring his left hand diving into the team's bench for a loose ball.

Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks.