Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and the Charlotte Bobcats dominated visiting New York, 105-95, to send the listless Knicks back to their losing ways.
Nazr Mohammed added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Richardson and Emeka Okafor scored 17 apiece for the Bobcats, who rolled out to a 24-point second-quarter lead.
While the Knicks made it respectable late, the game was never in doubt as Charlotte won its second straight since part-owner Michael Jordan practiced with the team.
The Knicks, playing again without Stephon Marbury who continues to grieve his father's death, proved incapable of building off a blowout win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
That victory came 2 days after embattled coach Isiah Thomas questioned his team's heart and toughness, but the harsh words worked for only one game.
Thomas seems to have another budding controversy to deal with, after getting into a heated exchange with Quentin Richardson during a timeout early in the third quarter. Thomas had to be restrained by assistant coach Herb Williams, and Richardson never returned to the game.
Nate Robinson scored 20 points for the Knicks, who dropped to 1-10 on the road.
In other games:
* At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 15 of his 22 points in the third quarter, going 4-for-4 from three-point range in the third before sitting out the fourth as the Celtics beat Chicago, 107-82.
* At Minneapolis, Antoine Walker made six three-pointers and scored 23 points to help Minnesota come back for a 131-118 victory over Indiana.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and Antonio McDyess had 11 points and 11 rebounds, leading Detroit to a 92-67 win over Memphis.
* At Orlando, Paul Millsap scored a career-high 28 points to help Utah end a seven-game road losing streak with a 113-94 victory over the Magic.
* At Washington, Joe Johnson (32 points) took over down the stretch, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter, as Atlanta beat the Wizards, 97-92.
* At Portland, Martell Webster (19 points) led five players in double figures as the Trail Blazers held on for a 99-96 win over Denver, which got 34 points each from Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony.
* At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki (30 points), Devin Harris, (21 points) and Erick Dampier (10 rebounds) led the Mavericks to a 102-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
* Milwaukee forward Desmond Mason was scheduled to have surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. *