New York Knicks' Malik Rose pump fakes in front of San Antonio Spurs' Nazr Mohammed during the fourth quarter Monday, March 21, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rose, who had been traded to the Knicks by the Spurs for Mohammed, scored 18 points in the Knicks' 88-75 win.
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NEW YORK Malik Rose knocked down a pair of 18-foot jumpers to complete a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter, getting a measure of revenge against the team that traded him last month as the New York Knicks defeated the San Antonio Spurs 88-75 Monday night.
Rose had 18 points his most since joining the Knicks 10 games ago and seven rebounds against the team he spent the past 7 1/2 seasons with. Rose was making his first start for New York as Kurt Thomas was sidelined by an infected elbow.
Bobcats 102, Magic 97
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Brevin Knight hit a running jumper with 12.4 seconds to play to help Charlotte end a 10-game losing streak.
Bulls 105, Hawks 91
CHICAGO Eddy Curry scored 24 points in his return to Chicago's lineup and Ben Gordon added 17 in the Bulls' victory over Atlanta.
Curry, the 6-foot-11 center who missed the Bulls' previous three games because of a strained left hamstring, was 8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line.
Mavericks 103, Hornets 86
DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and eight rebounds, and rookie Devin Harris added a season-high 17 points as Dallas beat New Orleans in Avery Johnson's second game as the Mavericks' head coach.
Clippers 96, Trail Blazers 89
LOS ANGELES Elton Brand and Corey Maggette each scored 22 points as Los Angeles beat Portland.
The Clippers had a season-high 13 blocks six off the franchise record. Bobby Simmons had 15 points for Los Angeles, which reached the 30-win mark for just the fourth time in the last 12 seasons.
After playing eight of their previous nine games against clubs currently holding down a playoff spot, the Clippers salvaged a 2-2 split of the season series in a matchup of teams heading to the NBA lottery.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Darius Miles added 20 points for the injury-ravaged Trail Blazers (23-42), whose fifth straight loss assured them of their first losing season since 1988-89 (39-43) and just the fourth since the franchise won its only NBA title in 1976-77.
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