NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell returned to the starting lineup and scored 23 points, helping the New York Knicks defeat the Detroit Pistons 94-91 Monday night despite nearly blowing a 32-point lead.
Allan Houston also scored 23 for the Knicks, who won for the second time this season -- but just barely.
Detroit trailed by 22 when the fourth quarter began but pulled within one with 9.6 seconds left.
Nets 99, Nuggets 79
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd hit five straight shots and scored 13 of his 24 points in the first quarter to lead New Jersey over woeful Denver.
Kenyon Martin and Kerry Kittles added 15 points apiece and the Nets forced 28 turnovers in handing the Nuggets their fourth straight loss.
Hawks 117, Raptors 92
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 27 points and Atlanta routed Toronto after building a 29-point lead at halftime.
Abdur-Rahim scored 15 points in the opening quarter and watched the final period from the bench as the Hawks got some lesser-used players on the court.
Spurs 104, Cavaliers 78
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan scored 25 points to lead San Antonio over Cleveland, the Cavaliers' seventh straight loss.
San Antonio, which beat Cleveland for the second time in three days, had five players in double figures. Stephen Jackson added 18 points, while Steve Smith and Kevin Willis scored 12 apiece.
Clippers 99, Warriors 89
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Olowokandi had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Elton Brand scored 17 points as Los Angeles snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Golden State.
Olowokandi scored 20 points after halftime as the Clippers easily held off the inept Warriors, who regressed dramatically from the form they showed in a 135-92 victory over Orlando on Saturday night -- the franchise's biggest win in nearly nine years.
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