After Van Gundy resigns, Knicks triumph

Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2001

NEW YORK -- With Jeff Van Gundy undoubtedly watching from the edge of his easy chair, the New York Knicks began a new era without him by beating the Indiana Pacers 101-99 Saturday night.

Van Gundy resigned as head coach early Saturday, saying he had lost his focus and had been thinking of quitting since the summer. Van Gundy vowed to watch the game on television.

Don Chaney coached in his place and New York survived a rally led by notorious Knick-killer Reggie Miller to escape with their sixth victory in seven games.

Hawks 107, Magic 104

ATLANTA -- Jason Terry made two free throws with 17.7 seconds left and Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Orlando.

Orlando's Tracy McGrady, who finished with 40 points, had two chances to tie it in the final seconds, but missed a hook with 10 seconds left and a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Terry scored 28 points and Nazr Mohammed added 20 for the Hawks. Toni Kukoc scored 10 of his 18 points in the final six minutes.

Cavaliers 109, Nuggets 99

CLEVELAND -- Lamond Murray scored a season-high 33 points and Wes Person added 24, leading Cleveland past Denver.

The Cavs' sixth win in their last seven home games was especially sweet for first-year coach John Lucas, who was an assistant in Denver for three years before taking the Cleveland job.

Murray scored 13 points and Person had eight in the third quarter when the Cavs shot 70 percent (12 of 17) to pull away and hand the Nuggets their fifth straight loss.

Grizzlies 92, 76ers 83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rookie Pau Gasol scored 24 points and Jason Williams added 23 as Memphis beat injury-riddled Philadelphia for the second time in six days.

Philadelphia, without Allen Iverson (sprained thumb), Derek Coleman (hyperextended left knee), Aaron McKie (strained back), led only once in the opening minutes and lost its fifth straight.

Timberwolves 107, Rockets 97

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett scored 21 points as Minnesota beat Houston and extended the Rockets' losing streak to nine games.

Garnett added nine rebounds and eight assists for the Wolves, who maintained a double-digit lead through the second half.

Wally Szczerbiak and Joe Smith each added 18 points for Minnesota.

Walt Williams scored 23 points and Cuttino Mobley added 21 for Houston, which lost nine straight games for the first time in 19 seasons. The Rockets' last lost nine games March 1-17, 1983.

Bulls 87, Celtics 84

CHICAGO -- Ron Mercer hit a late go-ahead jumper and Chicago rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Boston, snapping the Celtics' six-game winning streak.

Brad Miller led Chicago's balanced scoring with 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Greg Anthony added 14 points.

Bucks 95, Nets 79

MILWAUKEE -- Sam Cassell scored a season-high 28 points and Ray Allen had 21 as Milwaukee beat New Jersey in its second game without coach George Karl.

Keith Van Horn had 15 points and Jason Kidd added 14 for the Nets, who had their lowest point total this season. They scored 82 in a loss at home to Philadelphia on Nov. 17.

Wizards 102, Mavericks 95

DALLAS -- Michael Jordan scored 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, lifting Washington past Dallas.

Jordan's only baskets through three quarters came on two dunks and a vintage layup.

He missed his first 12 jumpers, going through two 0-for-6 skids, and his first two free throws.

Jazz 111, Warriors 101

SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone had a season-high 39 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter when he hit 6-of-7 from the floor, as Utah defeated Golden State, extending its winning streak to three games.

John Stockton scored 15 points, hitting all four of his free throws in the final 32.2 seconds.

Donyell Marshall scored 21 points against his former team.

Trail Blazers 113, SuperSonics 92

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace scored 28 points and Bonzi Wells had 27 as Portland shot 56 percent and handed Seattle its fourth straight loss.

Damon Stoudamire added 13 assists and Scottie Pippen had 11 in a successful job of sharing the point-guard duties for the Blazers.

Gary Payton scored 21 points and Vin Baker had 20 to lead the Sonics, who were coming off an embarrassing home loss to Miami on Friday night.

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