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Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009

Knicks use game-ending, 18-0 run to bury Hornets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New York Knicks were making shot after shot, ready to go down the stretch with New Orleans.

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Kicking it in gear: Chicago's Derrick Rose drives past Golden State's Monta Ellis on Friday night. The Bulls beat the Warriors 96-91 in overtime. AP PHOTO

Turned out, they didn't have to. The Hornets pretty much took the last five minutes off.

Al Harrington scored 28 points and the Knicks tallied the game's final 18 points to beat New Orleans 113-96 Friday night.

"Our defense was horrible," guard Chris Paul said. "We've had a few games where our defense was good, but not tonight, and it was obvious we couldn't buy a shot."

The Knicks won their fourth straight for the first time since winning six in a row from Jan. 2-13 in 2006. The Hornets lost for the first time in seven home games.

New York trailed 96-95 with less than five minutes left, but Harrington and Duhon hit a barrage of baskets. Duhon sank back-to-back 3-pointers, and Harrington followed with two more as the Knicks put the game away.

"Everybody hit big shots, one after another," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We were moving the ball really well. We're just playing really well right now."

Duhon scored 22 points, and Wilson Chandler added 20 before fouling out with 5:15 left. David Lee, who scored a season-high 28 points when the Knicks beat the Hornets in New York, contributed 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

David West scored 20 to lead New Orleans, and Paul added 13 points and 13 assists. The Hornets, who scored a season-high 62 points in the first half, managed just nine field goals in the second half and did not score after James Posey's putback gave them a 96-95 lead with 4:57 left.

Lakers 104, Timberwolves 92

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 20 points while playing with a small break in his finger, and the Lakers wrapped up the generous portion of their schedule with their 11th straight victory by beating Minnesota.

Pau Gasol had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the defending champions, who improved the NBA's best record to 18-3 while finishing a season-opening stretch with 17 of their first 21 games at home. Ron Artest scored 16 points and Lamar Odom added 13 for Los Angeles, which hasn't lost since Nov. 15.

Yet the Lakers also got a scare when Bryant hurt the index finger on his right hand while reaching for a pass late in the first quarter. Bryant has an avulsion fracture, in which a small piece of bone tears away near a ligament or tendon.

Suns 106, Magic 103

In Phoenix, Amare Stoudemire capped a 28-point night with an emphatic offensive rebound dunk with 6.9 seconds to play and the Suns stayed unbeaten at home with a win over Orlando.

Steve Nash had 20 points and 18 assists for Phoenix, at 8-0 the only team in the league yet to lose at home.

Cavs 104, Trail Blazers 99

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 33 points and added seven rebounds, seven assists and a soaring block on a shot in the closing seconds against Portland.

Mavericks 106, Heat 93

In Miami, Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points to lead Dallas to a win that deepened Miami's home woes.

Erick Dampier finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Mavericks, who never trailed and whose nine road wins are the most of any team in the Western Conference.

Dwyane Wade scored 28 points and matched a career high with 11 rebounds for the Heat, 2-5 at home since Nov. 10.

Hawks 111, Raptors 89

In Toronto, Atlanta's Joe Johnson scored 20 points, while Jamal Crawford and Maurice Evans each had 15 as the visitors won their third straight contest.

Thunder 102, Grizzlies 94

In Memphis, Kevin Durant had 32 points to lift Oklahoma City past the hosts.

Spurs 104, Bobcats 85

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 22 points as the Spurs had a comfortable win over Charlotte.

Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson added 17 apiece for San Antonio.

Rockets 96, 76ers 91

In Philadelphia, Aaron Brooks scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and Houston held off a late surge to hand the Sixers their 12th straight loss.

Bulls 96, Warriors 91 (OT)

In Chicago, Luol Deng scored 21 points and Joakim Noah finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a four-game slide and beat Golden State.

Pacers 107, Nets 91

In Indianapolis, rookie Tyler Hansbrough scored a season-high 21 points and Roy Hibbert added a career-best 20 points on his birthday for the Pacers, who won despite a second game without leading scorer Danny Granger.

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