Archive for Sunday, February 8, 2004

Marbury gives Knicks lift

New York shuts down Miami, 76-64

February 8, 2004

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— The New York Knicks are coping just fine without Allan Houston.

Stephon Marbury scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and the Knicks held the Miami Heat to a season-low point total in a 76-64 victory Saturday.

New York extended its winning streak to four games, even though Houston missed all four because of sore knees.

"We're playing well right now, we're clicking," said forward Kurt Thomas, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half. "We're waiting for Allan to get back. We know we're going to be a much stronger team when he gets back, when he's healthy."

The Heat scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter, going 6:11 without a field goal.

"Missing got contagious for us today," said forward Brian Grant, who returned to the lineup after missing five games. "We missed a lot of open looks. You hate when that happens in such a crucial game, and we felt that this was a crucial game for us."

New York, which remained seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, took three of four from its Atlantic Division rival this season. Miami lost its third straight overall.

Lamar Odom had 18 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Heat, who last led, 15-14, with three minutes left in the first quarter.

Jazz 96, Suns 92

Phoenix -- Carlos Arroyo sank a three-pointer with 35.2 seconds to play, and Utah beat Phoenix to snap a four-game losing streak and give coach Jerry Sloan his 900th victory. Amare Stoudemire tied a Suns' record with 10 blocked shots, including six in the first quarter, and scored 20 points, but Phoenix lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Mavs 111, Pistons 108

Dallas -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points, including nine in the final 6:40, and Dallas rallied. Steve Nash added 29 points, 11 assists and hit six straight free throws in the final 18.5 seconds to help the Mavericks win for the 12th time in their last 14 games.

Bucks 107, Hornets 97

Milwaukee -- Michael Redd scored 25 points to help Milwaukee beat New Orleans, avenging a one-point road loss to the Hornets last month.

Wizards 106, Cavaliers 88

Cleveland -- Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Jerry Stackhouse had 19, and Washington snapped an 11-game road losing streak with a convincing victory over Cleveland. Stackhouse added 11 assists, and Kwame Brown had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wizards win away from home for the first time since Dec. 6 in Milwaukee.

Rockets 86, Hawks 77

Atlanta -- Cuttino Mobley scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Houston overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Atlanta. Steve Francis had 24 points, and Jim Jackson added 18 to help Houston extend its winning streak to three games.

Celtics 110, 76ers 80

Philadelphia -- Paul Pierce scored 35 points, helping Boston snap a six-game losing streak and giving interim coach John Carroll his first victory.

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