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|Sunday, 13 January 2008 19:44|
Zach Randolph had 25 points and eight rebounds, and the New York Knicks rolled to an 89-65 victory over the weary Pistons on Sunday night.
With the Pistons playing the finale of a four-game, five-night road trip and coming off a 103-100 overtime victory in Charlotte on Saturday, the Knicks rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season, giving coach Isiah Thomas a rare easy night - against his former team, no less.
Detroit needed a three-point play by Amir Johnson to avoid finishing with the lowest point total in franchise history. The Pistons shot 30.7 percent (23-of-75), matching the NBA low for field goals made in a game this season.
Antonio McDyess had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Chauncey Billups scored 14 points for Detroit.
Jamal Crawford scored all of his 15 points in the third quarter, when the Knicks turned it into a blowout. Their previous biggest victory was an 18-point win over Cleveland.
Warriors 106, Pacers 101
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Monta Ellis scored nine of his 29 points during a fourth-quarter comeback, and Mike Dunleavy missed a key free throw for Indiana in the final seconds.
Baron Davis scored 27 points for the Warriors, who won for the third time in four games by erasing Indiana's early 17-point lead and hanging on through a tense final period.
Dunleavy and Troy Murphy were booed heartily in their first trip back to Golden State since the eight-player trade that sent Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to the Warriors.
Jermaine O'Neal had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost nine of 11. Dunleavy had 18 points and 10 rebounds, but missed a potential tying free throw late in the game.
Lakers 100, Grizzlies 99
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant scored 37 points and Kwame Brown made a foul shot with 9.2 seconds remaining to help the Lakers extend their winning streak to six.
Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum was helped off the court with a sprained left knee early in the third quarter after coming down on teammate Lamar Odom's left foot while going for a rebound.
Team spokesman John Black said X-rays were negative, but an MRI would be taken Monday and Bynum wouldn't travel to Seattle for that night's game against the SuperSonics.
Brown, a 38-percent foul shooter, connected on his first attempt to give the Lakers a 100-99 lead before missing the second. The Grizzlies had two shots at winning the game, but Kyle Lowry missed a runner in the lane and Hakim Warrick was way off the mark on a 3-pointer as time expired.
Mike Miller scored 27 points for the Grizzlies.
Raptors 116, Trail Blazers 109, 2OT
TORONTO (AP) - Chris Bosh had 38 points and 14 rebounds, and the Raptors handed the Trail Blazers their second loss in 19 games.
Bosh, who played 55 minutes, scored six points in the second overtime to lead Toronto to its third straight victory.
Brandon Roy had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists for Portland, and made a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 104.
Anthony Parker finished with 25 points for Toronto and Jose Calderon added 22 points and 10 assists to help the Raptors recover after blowing a six-point lead in the final 2 minutes of regulation.
Hawks 105, Bulls 84
ATLANTA (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 37 points, including 25 in the first half, and the Hawks beat the Bulls to end a 12-game losing streak in the series.
Atlanta had not beaten Chicago since a 116-101 victory at the United Center on April 9, 2004.
The Hawks built a 22-point lead in the first half and never let the Bulls mount a serious comeback.
Luol Deng led Chicago with 28 points in his return from missing three games with a sore Achilles' tendon.
In an unanimous vote by Chicago's players, rookie Joakim Noah was benched against Atlanta.
Noah had a confrontation with assistant coach Ron Adams in practice before Friday's game at Philadelphia. He was inactive against the 76ers for what the team called internal discipline, and the players told interim coach Jim Boylan after Friday's game they felt one game was not enough.
Hornets 87, Rockets 82
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists and made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to lift New Orleans to the win.
David West scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped the Rockets' five-game winning streak. The Hornets have won seven consecutive road games and seven of their last nine meetings with Houston, a divisional rival.
Yao Ming had 30 points, 16 rebounds and six turnovers for the Rockets, who lost for the third time in the 10 games Tracy McGrady has missed with a sore left knee. McGrady is expected to return for Saturday's game against San Antonio.
Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds for New Orleans, now just a game behind Dallas in the Southwest Division.