As exciting as rookie Iman Shumpert is, the decision to rush him back to the lineup backfired as he re-injured his right knee in the fourth quarter of a 118-110 loss to Charlotte.
Iman Shumpert was anxious about getting back into the flow of things for the Knicks before they took the court against Charlotte at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The rookie guard sprained his MCL in the season-opening victory over the Celtics.
His home is no longer a train ride away in the Soundview section of the Bronx. His parents were watching on television in North Carolina and not at their usual spot in the stands.
Knicks guard Iman Shumpert returned against Charlotte on Wednesday after missing 10 days, but left with a cramp in the fourth quarter as the Knicks lost to the Bobcats.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points against the Nets, who lost their sixth game in a row and were playing without Deron Williams, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez.
Orlando beat winless Washington, 103-85, as Dwight Howard scored 28 points and pulled down 20 rebounds.
The offense has stagnated in the absence of Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert. Both seem likely to return Wednesday.
LeBron James carried the extra load without Dwyane Wade as the Miami Heat recovered from their first loss of the season to crush the Indiana Pacers 118-83 on Wednesday.
Blake Griffin had 22 points and nine rebounds before sitting out most of the fourth quarter, Chris Paul added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 117-89 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Al Harrington scored 15 points, Rudy Fernandez had 12 points to go with eight assists, and the Denver Nuggets won their third straight by beating the Sacramento Kings 110-83 Wednesday night.
LeBron James carried the extra load without Dwyane Wade as the Miami Heat crushed the Indiana Pacers 118-83 on Wednesday to rebound from their first loss of the season.
Jrue Holiday scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-93 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
LeBron James had 33 points and 13 assists, Chris Bosh added 22 points and the Miami Heat hardly missed Dwyane Wade in a 118-83 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Richard Hamilton scored 14 points in his return to The Palace, and the Chicago Bulls shut down the Detroit Pistons in a 99-83 victory Wednesday night.
Dwight Howard had 28 points and 20 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 15 rebounds and the Orlando Magic ran past the winless Washington Wizards 103-85 on Wednesday night.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade has two problems: A sore left foot and a jammed game schedule.
Kemba Walker averaged 26 points a game in Connecticut’s run through the Big East tournament en route to the Huskies’ winning the national championship.