New York cools off Rockets

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2001

NEW YORK -- Allan Houston got the better of Glen Rice on the most important play of the game, spoiling Rice's return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being traded as New York defeated Houston 89-86 on Monday night

Rice scored a season-high 20 points and was at his best when matched against Houston, repeatedly driving around and scoring over his former teammate. But when Houston got the ball isolated against Rice with 18 seconds left, he dribbled to his left and launched a quick jumper from the baseline to give New York an 87-85 lead.

From there, Houston and Latrell Sprewell each made one of two free throws and the Knicks survived an off-balance 3-point attempt by Cuttino Mobley just before the final buzzer to win for the fourth time in five games.

Sprewell scored 23, Houston 22 and Charlie Ward had eight points and six assists while playing the final 16 minutes and leading the Knicks back from a 17-point deficit.

Kenny Thomas also scored 20 for Houston.

Magic 113, Grizzlies 71

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mike Miller scored 26 points and Orlando snapped a three-game home losing streak with a victory over Memphis.

Tracy McGrady added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Pat Garrity had 18 points, including 13 in the second quarter for Orlando. The Magic shot 56 percent and outrebounded the Grizzlies 52-33 en route to their second-biggest home victory and fourth-largest overall.

Stromile Swift scored 13 points, and rookies Shane Battier and Pau Gasol each had 12 for Memphis.

Suns 110, Warriors 93

PHOENIX -- Shawn Marion scored 23 points, and Stephon Marbury had 20 and 11 assists in just three quarters as Phoenix won its season-high fifth straight game.

Rodney Rogers had 15 points and Penny Hardaway added 14 for Phoenix, which has won 21 of 25 games against Golden State. Marion, who had 19 points at halftime, also had nine rebounds and six assists.

Larry Hughes had 19 points for the Warriors, who lost their fourth in a row. Antawn Jamison had 16 and 11 rebounds, and Danny Fortson had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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