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Monday, March 19, 2012

Knicks stay unbeaten under interim coach


INDIANAPOLIS — Whatever Mike Woodson is doing, it's working.

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Block party: Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) defends against the Pacers' Paul George during their game on Saturday in Indianapolis. New York won 102-88. AP

Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to help the New York Knicks defeat the Indiana Pacers 102-88 on Saturday night and improve to 3-0 under Woodson, the team's interim coach.

The Knicks have won by an average of 23.7 points since Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni. New York defeated the Pacers 115-100 on Friday night in New York, and that followed a 42-point victory against Portland in Woodson's first game as coach.

Lin said there hasn't been a major shift in the team's approach. The team looks to the post on offense a bit more, but that's about the only difference.

"I just think it's we have all 15 guys right now on the same page buying in, and that's the biggest thing, is that we're playing together. I don't think there's any major changes philosophically from a coaching standpoint," he said.

Amare Stoudemire said the messenger matters.

"Coach Woodson, he's more of — he's a player's coach," Stoudemire said. "It's a matter of us as players playing hard for him and trying to get these wins."

Woodson returned the praise, crediting his team for picking up its defensive intensity.

"Our hearts are right in it, and it was a total team effort," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of the team than I am tonight. I happen to have a great group of guys and a talented bunch. We just have to keep them playing at a high level. If we do that, we have a chance."

Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony each scored 16 points and J.R. Smith added 11 for the Knicks.

Mavericks 106, Spurs 99

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, responding time after time despite being pushed and swatted at to lead the Mavericks past San Antonio.

Jason Terry added 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois 16 for Dallas, which won its third consecutive game since a 2-7 stretch over 12 days.

Bulls 89, 76ers 80

In Chicago, C.J. Watson scored 20 points and Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bulls overcame an early 14-point deficit without Derrick Rose, who missed his third straight game with a strained groin.

Nuggets 98, Celtics 91

In Denver, Danilo Gallinari scored 20 points and Kenneth Faried added 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

It was the sixth double-double in the past 13 games for Faried. Arron Afflalo added 15 points for the Nuggets.

Jazz 99, Warriors 92 (OT)

In Salt Lake City, Derrick Favors, starting for Al Jefferson, had career highs with 23 points and 17 rebounds.

Clippers 95, Rockets 91

In Los Angeles, Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the final 2:42, including a go-ahead layup with 24.6 seconds left.

Hornets 102, Nets 94

In Newark, New Jersey, Chris Kaman scored 20 points, including a key jumper with a second left on the shot clock and 45 seconds left in the game.

Bobcats 107, Raptors 103

In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and had 11 assists and the Bobcats held off Toronto.

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