Knicks come back to topple Sixers

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2005

NEW YORK — Kurt Thomas celebrated the passing of another uneventful trading deadline — at least for him — by scoring 21 points on 10-for-11 shooting to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 113-101 Thursday night.

Thomas also grabbed 12 rebounds, and Tim Thomas shot 10-for-14 and scored 27 points for New York.

Philadelphia, which had only eight players in uniform — none of them named Chris Webber — was led by Allen Iverson's 29 points. Webber, acquired late Wednesday night from Sacramento, will make his 76ers debut Saturday against his old team, the Kings.

Mavericks 122, Kings 113

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help hand the Kings a loss in their first game without Chris Webber.

Michael Finley hit two clutch 3-pointers in the closing minutes, helping the Mavericks erase a late nine-point deficit.

Marquis Daniels had season-highs with 29 points and eight assists, plus nine rebounds, and Finley added 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Clippers 92, Timberwolves 86

LOS ANGELES — Elton Brand scored 24 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers snap an eight-game losing streak.

The Clippers, returning from a 1-8 road trip that seriously jeopardized their playoff hopes, never trailed during their first win against the Timberwolves in 10 tries. Corey Maggette added 19 points for Los Angeles and Chris Kaman had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Kevin Garnett had 14 points and eight rebounds for Minnesota while playing just 32 minutes because of foul trouble. He played only four minutes in the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul with 8:20 left.

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