Hornets saddle New York with 111-68 embarrassment

From bad to worse for Knicks

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2002

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks were embarrassed in their most-lopsided home loss ever, falling to the Charlotte Hornets 111-68 Monday for their eighth straight defeat.

By the end of the game, which saddled the Knicks with their longest losing streak in 15 years, several players on the bench had towels covering their heads.

The Knicks' previous worst home defeat was a 132-93 rout by Milwaukee on April 10, 1987. New York had not dropped eight in a row since Dec. 5-20, 1986.

Latrell Sprewell was scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting. The only other time in his NBA career he failed to score was on Nov. 9, 1995, when he missed all seven shots while playing for Golden State against Atlanta

New York shot a season-worst 30 percent and was held to its lowest point total of the season.

Baron Davis scored 24 points, leading six Hornets in double figures. Charlotte broke away with a 22-0 burst in the first quarter.

Sonics 109, Sixers 98

PHILADELPHIA -- The Seattle SuperSonics set a team record by shooting over 66 percent and, behind Gary Payton's 28 points, beat the Philadelphia 76ers.

Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 38 points, and became the eighth player in Philadelphia history to score 10,000 career points.

The Sonics shot 41-of-62 (66.1 percent) in ending the Sixers' four-game winning streak. Seattle's previous best was 64.9 percent against Houston on April 13, 1996.

Vin Baker added 20 points for the Sonics.

Seattle dominated the third quarter, shooting 14-for-17 and outscoring the Sixers 36-20 to take an 85-65 lead.

Bucks 97, Pistons 79

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Michael Redd scored 21 points and Sam Cassell added 18 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit for their eighth straight victory.

Ray Allen scored 15 first-half points and Joel Przybilla had a career-highs with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks.

Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse scored 19, but was 5-of-21 from the field. Reserve Jon Barry scored 17.

Hawks 95, Rockets 91

ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 19 points and Nazr Mohammed had two big plays down the stretch as the Atlanta Hawks stopped a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Hawks had lost their past five at home but salvaged the final game of a five-game homestand. They overcame the loss of leading scorer Shareef Abdur-Rahim, ejected after a third-quarter fight with Houston's Kenny Thomas. Thomas also was ejected.

Mohammed finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. He blocked Steve Francis' tying layup in the final minute, then tipped in Terry's miss to give Atlanta a four-point lead on the next possession.

Mavericks 113, Nets 105

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points, including nine straight during a 17-1 run in the closing minutes, and Jason Kidd missed his first 16 shots as the Dallas Mavericks beat the East-leading New Jersey Nets.

New Jersey led 99-92 with 4:25 left. After Steve Nash and Juwan Howard got Dallas within one, Nowitzki hit two free throws to put the Mavs ahead for good.

Kidd, a former Mavericks star, didn't make a field goal until a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left for his only points. He contributed eight rebounds and 15 assists, including the 5,000th of his career.

The Mavericks were minus coach Don Nelson, who is taking a two-game absence to be with his wife, Joy, who had surgery for breast cancer Monday. Nelson's son, Donnie, replaced him.

Jazz 101, Warriors 99

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Karl Malone scored 37 points, making a season-high 16 free throws, and Bryon Russell made five free throws in the final 15 seconds as the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors.

Utah shot 26 free throws in the second half while beating the Warriors for the 26th time in their last 28 meetings.

After Jason Richardson's 3-pointer pulled Golden State within 100-99, Russell hit one free throw with five-tenths of a second left, then expertly banked the second shot off the rim to run out the clock.

Antawn Jamison scored 25 points and Larry Hughes had 19 for Golden State, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Pacers 93, Bulls 81

CHICAGO -- Reggie Miller scored 20 points and Jonathan Bender and Al Harrington added 18 apiece as the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls to end a five-game losing streak.

Bender, starting his second straight game with Jermaine O'Neal sidelined by injury, scored 16 first-half points and gave Indiana a 50-44 lead when he hit a 3-pointer from the deep corner just before the buzzer.

Jalen Rose scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half when the Pacers used a 17-4 run to pull away and beat the Bulls for the ninth straight time.

Ron Mercer led Chicago with 18 points and Ron Artest added 16.

Kings 112, Grizzlies 98

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Chris Webber had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic scored 21 points to lead Sacramento past Memphis, extending the Kings' winning streak to 12 games.

The Kings extended their winning streak at home to 16 games and improved to an NBA-best 31-9.

Doug Christie had 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals, and Scot Pollard added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu scored 12 points, Bobby Jackson 11 points and Mike Bibby 10.

Tony Massenburg scored 23 points and Rodney Buford added 18 for the Grizzlies, who shot a season-high 56 percent but committed 23 turnovers. Pau Gasol scored 16 points, Stromile Swift had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Brevin Knight added 12 points and 10 assists.

Memphis, which lost its fourth straight, was without Jason Williams (migraine headache) and Shane Battier (strained groin).

Clippers 102, Nuggets 89

LOS ANGELES -- Elton Brand had a season-high 31 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots as the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the final nine minutes to beat slumping Denver.

Quentin Richardson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. Michael Olowokandi had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, and Jeff McInnis added 13 points.

The Nuggets lost their 14th straight road game and their 14th in 17 games overall.

Nick Van Exel led the Nuggets with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Voshon Lenard added 16 points and Zendon Hamilton had a career-high 13 points and 10 rebounds.

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