Knicks hand Bulls ninth straight defeat

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston scored a season-high 24 points and Othella Harrington had a season-high 18 before fouling out as the New York Knicks defeated Chicago 78-71 Saturday, sending the Bulls to their ninth straight loss.

The Knicks were in front for nearly the entire game and held off a late rally by Chicago, which beat New York on Nov. 3 for its only victory of the season.

Brad Miller had 23 points and nine rebounds for Chicago.

Wizards 88, Celtics 84, OT

WASHINGTON -- Christian Laettner hit a 17-footer with 8.6 seconds left in the extra period as the Wizards dealt the Boston Celtics their fourth straight defeat and snapped their own eight-game losing streak.

Michael Jordan missed 17 of 24 shots but finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wizards won for the first time since Nov. 3. Laettner also had 17 points, on 8-for-10 shooting, and Richard Hamilton scored 16.

Antoine Walker scored 24 points, Paul Pierce had 23 and Milt Palacio added 19 off the bench for the Celtics.

Pistons 91, Grizzlies 84

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Cliff Robinson scored 23 points as the Detroit Pistons, playing without Jerry Stackhouse and Corliss Williamson, rallied past Memphis.

A day after giving up 50 points to Shareef Abdur-Rahim in a loss at Atlanta, Detroit scored 17 of the first 21 points in the fourth quarter to build an 83-75 lead.

Jon Barry added 15 points, Dana Barros had 14 and Ben Wallace grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Timberwolves 99, Spurs 94

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rasho Nesterovic scored a career-high 24 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves took over first place in the Midwest Division.

Nesterovic shot 12-of-23 from the field and added 12 rebounds for the Wolves, who are off to their best start ever at 10-2. Minnesota ended the Spurs' seven-game winning streak.

Terrell Brandon finished with 21 points and Kevin Garnett had 17. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 21 points.

Cavaliers 100, Heat 96, OT

CLEVELAND -- Wesley Person scored a season-high 25 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:03 left in overtime.

Person's 26-foot shot gave Cleveland 96-93 lead. Andre Miller, who had 21 points and 12 assists, then hit a 10-foot jumper with 5.4 seconds left for a 98-93 lead.

Eddie House made a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left for Miami and Lamond Murray sank two free throws with less than a second to play for the Cavaliers.

Hornets 103, Magic 101

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elden Campbell reached a season-high against the Magic for the second straight night, scoring 23 points.

Campbell scored 20 points in the Hornets' 109-99 home loss to the Magic on Friday night.

Orlando played without Grant Hill, who sprained his left foot in Friday's game. Mike Miller filled in and had a career-high 32 points, including six 3-pointers.

Mavericks 119, Suns 104

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and Steve Nash added a season-high 29 as the Dallas Mavericks ran their winning streak to three games, matching a season-high.

Michael Finley's 20 points and Shawn Bradley's 12 helped the Mavericks to their highest scoring total of the season.

Stephon Marbury's 31 points paced the Suns, who were road weary after winning at Memphis on Friday night. The Mavericks also played on Friday night, winning at Miami, and were playing their fourth game in five nights.

Bucks 95, Hawks 88

MILWAUKEE -- Ray Allen scored 21 points, Sam Cassell added 18 points and Glenn Robinson finished with 17 for Milwaukee, winners of four straight. The Bucks are off to their best start since 1979-80.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who scored a career-high and NBA season-best 50 points on Friday, finished with 23 points for Atlanta. Toni Kukoc added 18 points.

Allen's 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock expired gave Milwaukee an 88-83 lead with 49 seconds left in the game. The Bucks made seven of eight free throws the rest of the way to put an end to Atlanta's two-game winning streak.

Kings 98, Nets 97

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, including two free throws with 7.3 seconds left, to lead Sacramento past New Jersey.

The Nets scored 13 straight points to trim a 16-point deficit to three, closing within 92-89.

Vlade Divac had a basket and two free throws in the final 2:12 as the Kings held on for the victory and improved to 7-0 this season at Arco Arena.

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