Baker plays key role as Knicks dump Blazers

Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2004

NEW YORK Vin Baker make a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give the New York Knicks' a three-point lead that held up Monday night in a 92-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tim Thomas returned after a four-game injury absence and scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Stephon Marbury added 23.

Damon Stoudamire had 20 points and Zach Randolph 19 for the Blazers.

Heat 105, Bulls 96

MIAMI Caron Butler scored 12 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Miami.

Dwyane Wade finished with 21 points as the Heat won their ninth consecutive home game. Kirk Hinrich scored 20 points to lead the Bulls, who have lost five straight games.

Celtics 84, Nets 80

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Paul Pierce overcame early foul trouble to score 18 of his 21 points in the second half for Boston.

Ricky Davis added 17, and Mark Blount had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Celtics. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 24 points and Lucious Harris added 18. The Nets played their sixth game without injured All-Stars Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd and fell to 1-5 without them.

Grizzlies 136, Hawks 133, 2 OT

ATLANTA James Posey scored a career-high 38 points including a buzzer-beating 3 to force a second overtime period and rampaging Memphis won the highest-scoring NBA game of the season.

Spurs 101, Cavaliers 93

SAN ANTONIO Manu Ginobili scored 21 points for San Antonio, which dropped Cleveland 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the race for the final playoff spot in Eastern Conference.

Tim Duncan added 18 points for the Spurs, 1 1/2 games behind leader Minnesota in the Midwest Division.

Timberwolves 94, Rockets 88

HOUSTON Kevin Garnett scored six of his 27 points in the last two minutes, and Sam Cassell added 24 points for Minnesota.

Minnesota had lost four straight games in Houston since a 90-88 victory on Nov. 3, 2001.

Maurice Taylor, Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley had 17 points apiece for Houston.

Suns 101, Wizards 95

PHOENIX Shawn Marion had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and came up big on defense late in the game to lead Phoenix.

Joe Johnson added 18 points and Amare Stoudemire 15 in the Suns' fourth win in six games. Marion blocked four shots.

Washington's Larry Hughes scored 32 points and Gilbert Arenas added 30, but made only one of three free throws with 31 seconds remaining in the Wizards' 10th loss in 12 games.

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