New York, NY (Sports Network) - Toney Douglas poured in 22 points off the bench and all five starters scored in double figures as New York held off Charlotte, 110-107, at Madison Square Garden in the first of a home-and-home set.
Amare Stoudemire scored 17 points while Raymond Felton supplied 16 points and nine assists against his former team for the Knicks, who have won a season- best four in a row following a six-game slide.
D.J. Augustin scored a game-high 24 points, handed out seven assists and grabbed five boards while Gerald Wallace contributed 20 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped two of three.
Wallace's layup capped a 14-2 surge to start the fourth quarter that drew the visitors to within 91-89 before the Knicks stretched the lead to eight with 3:22 to play in the game.
A Stephen Jackson dunk and three-pointer created by a Wallace blocked shot cut the lead to 104-101 with two minutes to play.
Following a turnover, Wallace's driving layup trimmed the lead to one with 52.3 ticks to go before Stoudemire scored to push the lead to 106-103 with 37 seconds remaining.
Jackson's running hook made it a one-point game again prior to Danilo Gallinari making a pair from the line to make it 108-105 with 15 ticks left.
Again, Jackson got to the rim but his shot was blocked. Wallace got the loose ball and laid it in with 3.6 seconds to play to cut the lead to 108-107.
Two Felton free throws restored a three-point cushion with 2.1 seconds to go before Jackson's desperation heave was off the mark to end the game.
Charlotte never got closer than 10 during the third quarter and trailed by as many as 16 before heading into the final quarter down 89-75.
The Knicks shot a sizzling 60 percent (12-of-20) in the first quarter to take a 32-26 lead. A Landry Fields dunk and three-pointer ignited a 12-2 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 20-13 lead for the hosts with 3:44 to go in the period.
The Knicks stretched their lead to 60-49 at the break behind 13 points from Douglas and 11 more from Stoudemire.
The Knicks lead the all-time series, 12-11 and have won nine of 12 home meetings...Douglas made 8-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from three- point territory...New York made 24-of-25 at the line while the Bobcats went 13-of-18...Jackson finished with 18 points, six boards and four assists and had his streak of four straight 20-plus point games come to an end...He made just 7-of-21 from the floor...Augustin connected on 10-of-18 shots while Derrick Brown came off the bench to supply 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the loss for the Bobcats, who have dropped three in a row to the Knicks.