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Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010

Knicks keep surge going

NEW YORK (AP) Everyone loves 3-pointers — when they're going in.

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Stuffing it: New York's David Lee dunks over Charlotte's Gerald Wallace on Thursday night. AP PHOTO

"In practice, I have no limits," Danilo Gallinari joked after hitting a couple of long ones.

The Charlotte Bobcats didn't like them nearly as much.

Chris Duhon made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:03 left, Gallinari followed with two more, and the New York Knicks pulled out a 97-93 victory over the Bobcats on Thursday night.

Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Knicks, who hit six 3-pointers in the final quarter and 12 overall. They also got a huge break when video review of Stephen Jackson's long jumper agreed with the officials' ruling of a 2-pointer, instead of a 3 that would have tied it with 1:43 to go.

David Lee had 22 points, and Gallinari finished with 17 for the Knicks, who have won three straight and 11 of 16. They held their opponent below 100 points for the 13th time in 15 games.

"Our defense, I think, is good enough now to keep us in the game," Lee said. "We're not going to dominate too many people, but we scramble enough to hold teams to a low enough shooting percentage, and we're taking away easy buckets. So it gives us a chance to win."

Jackson scored 26 points, and reserve Flip Murray 20 for the Bobcats, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. They launched 11 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but made only four of them, while New York was 6 of 8.

"I don't like us shooting 3s to be honest," Bobcats coach Larry Brown said.

"You just can't just come down and not move the defense and move yourself and shoot it. Last I looked teams were shooting almost 48 percent against them. We just took too many outside shots. But give them credit. That was their game plan I'm sure and they carried it out extremely well."

Nets ban gambling

EAST RUTHERFORD , N.J. (AP) All bets are off on the New Jersey Nets' team plane.

A team spokesman confirms the Nets have decided to ban gambling on their flights, not long after it apparently led to the locker room incident involving Gilbert Arenas and his guns.

The ban was first reported by The New York Times, which said players were informed Wednesday. Team president Rod Thorn told the newspaper that the Nets have never had a problem with gambling, but "obviously, you can see what can happen."

Fines forthcoming

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards plan to fine some players for participating in Gilbert Arenas' on-court antics that made light of his gun troubles, an NBA official said on Thursday.

The official said that the team was reviewing details from the Tuesday game at Philadelphia before determining who will be fined and how much. The official has direct knowledge of the team's plans and spoke on condition of anonymity because the review was still ongoing.

Before the game, Arenas was surrounded by his teammates when he knelt on the court and pointed his index fingers at them, as if he were firing guns. A photograph shows nearly all of the players laughing or smiling.

The official said the fines would be contingent in part on whether Arenas and his teammates planned it ahead of time.



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