Knicks win ugly over Orlando

Posted: Tuesday, November 04, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. New York held Orlando to a franchise-low 25 percent shooting, and the Knicks won their first game with a 75-68 victory over the Magic on Monday night.

Charlie Ward scored 15 points, and Keith Van Horn added 14 points and eight rebounds for New York, which avoided its second 0-3 start in as many seasons with its best defensive effort ever.

The Magic's previous worst shooting performance was 28.6 percent at Philadelphia on March 15, 1999. A 2-for-15 second quarter and 4-for-16 fourth quarter en route to a 21-for-84 night helped beat that record by three misses.

Hawks 90, Hornets 80

ATLANTA Dion Glover had 20 points, Jacque Vaughn filled in for top scorer Jason Terry and Atlanta beat New Orleans for its first win.

Terry, averaging 22.7 points, was serving a one-game suspension, imposed by the NBA for throwing a flagrant elbow in Saturday's loss to Indiana.

Vaughn started in Terry's spot and played the entire game, scoring eight points, dishing out seven assists and committing only two turnovers.

Mavericks 103, Heat 93

DALLAS Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter to break open a tight game and send Dallas to a victory over winless Miami.

Steve Nash added 18 points and 11 assists, and Tony Delk had 17 points for the Mavericks (3-1). Dallas also got 13 points and nine rebounds from Antoine Walker.

Udonis Haslem had 20 points and 12 rebounds, John Wallace scored 19 points, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and nine assists for the short-handed Heat (0-4).

Rockets 98, Bulls 66

CHICAGO Steve Francis scored 19 points to lead Houston to a rout of Chicago.

Cuttino Mobley added 14 points and Yao Ming had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who forced the Bulls into 19 turnovers and held them to just 27 percent shooting.

Grizzlies 88, Spurs 80

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Stromile Swift had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Memphis over injury-plagued San Antonio.

The Spurs, already missing starting point guard Tony Parker because of an ankle injury, played most of the game without Tim Duncan, who left with an ankle injury with about five minutes remaining in the first quarter. The team said Duncan had a mild left ankle sprain, and would have an MRI on Tuesday.

Jazz 93, Timberwolves 88

SALT LAKE CITY Matt Harpring scored 32 points and Greg Ostertag pulled down a career-best 21 rebounds for Utah.

The Jazz took advantage of Kevin Garnett's ejection in the second quarter. Garnett was tossed with two technicals for arguing a call and Minnesota couldn't hang on to a lead in the fourth quarter without the star forward, who threw the ball into the crowd before leaving the court.

76ers 94, Trail Blazers 83

PORTLAND, Ore. Allen Iverson scored 31 points to lead Philadelphia past Portland.

Iverson, whose sprained left shoulder was bothering him, got some help from Glenn Robinson, who made his season debut after missing the first three games because of an NBA-imposed suspension after a domestic assault and battery conviction.

Robinson, acquired from Atlanta in a four-team deal in August, scored 15 points as the Sixers overcame an early deficit to lead by as many as 18.

Rasheed Wallace had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Blazers.

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