Knicks sink Raptors

Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas had 26 points and 14 rebounds and Allan Houston scored 15 as the New York Knicks beat Toronto 95-75 Wednesday night, handing the Raptors their eighth straight loss.

Michael Doleac and Charlie Ward each added 11 points for the Knicks, who dominated the final three quarters and were never threatened in the second half. New York has won two straight and three of its last four games.

Alvin Williams had 15 points and five assists and Jelani McCoy had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the short-handed Raptors, who were without starters Vince Carter and Antonio Davis as well as forward Mamadou N'Diaye. Toronto completed a winless five-game road trip by scoring only 13 points in the fourth quarter, and has lost 15 of its last 17 games.

Heat 107, Hawks 73

ATLANTA -- Caron Butler scored 25 points and Eddie Jones added 20 to lead the Heat.

Miami, which has won six of seven and seven of nine, sent the Hawks to their largest margin of defeat this season. Atlanta has lost four of five and committed 25 turnovers in the game.

Reserve center Vladimir Stepania scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds for Miami, which scored 31 points off turnovers. Butler was 10-for-15 from the floor. Jason Terry led Atlanta with 17 points.

Miami point guard Travis Best injured his right ankle and is expected to be out until next week.

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