Bulls hang on to beat Knicks

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

CHICAGO -- Jalen Rose scored 28 points and Tyson Chandler had a career-high 19 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls nearly blew a 20-point fourth quarter lead before beating the New York Knicks 101-94 Monday night.

Chicago's Marcus Fizer scored 12 of his 14 points in the in the final period and the Bulls held on, withstanding six 3-pointers by the Knicks in the final four minutes.

Allan Houston led New York with 25 and Kurt Thomas chipped in 19. Latrell Sprewell scored eight of his 17 in the final quarter but shot just 7-of-22 for the game.

Pistons 101, Magic 86

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Ben Wallace had 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic.

Hamilton scored 23 of his points in the second and third quarters, when the Pistons rallied from a 13-point deficit to take control. Cliff Robinson added 17 points and Chauncey Billups 16 for the Pistons, who have won five of their last six.

Timberwolves 89, Nuggets 75

MINNEAPOLIS -- Anthony Peeler scored 20 points off the bench and Kevin Garnett added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota.

Peeler had been shooting just 27.5 percent and averaging 4.1 points over his previous 11 games.

Juwan Howard had 19 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Bowen had 14 points and nine rebounds for Denver.

Rockets 101, Celtics 92

HOUSTON -- Steve Francis scored 26 points, including eight of his team's final 12, and the Rockets overcame Boston's 3-point barrage.

Cuttino Mobley added 24 points, James Posey had 12 and Yao Ming blocked five shots as the Rockets won their second in a row and sent Boston to its eighth loss in 10 games.

The Celtics attempted 33 3-point shots -- tying the most ever by a Rockets opponent -- and made 14 of them.

Trail Blazers 118, Cavaliers 94

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Ruben Patterson, subbing for injured starter Bonzi Wells, scored 20 points and Zach Randolph added 18 as the Trail Blazers won for the 12th time in 15 games.

Wells, who is averaging 16.2 points and is the team's second-leading scorer behind Rasheed Wallace, did not suit up because of a sore left foot.

Grizzlies 110, Warriors 108

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Gordan Giricek made an open layup with 1 second left, and the Grizzlies improved to 2-16 on the road.

Giricek scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Pau Gasol added 23 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double as Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak.

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