Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Sunday, November 10th
Game 2: Friday, November 22nd
Game 3: Saturday, November 30th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 19th

Knicks 97

(2-9, 0-4 away)

Hornets 105

(9-3, 8-0 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:30 PM ET, November 22, 2002

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    NY 31 22 22 6 1697
    NO 16 29 30 7 23105

    Top Performers

    NY: H. Eisley 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl

    NO: P. Brown 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mashburn helps Hornets improve to 8-0 at home

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets found a way to stop Allan Houston and remain undefeated at home.

    Allan Houston

    After giving up 23 points to Houston on 11-of-13 shooting in the first half, the Hornets held him scoreless in the second half and overtime of a 105-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

    "In the first half we were like a step off him and he was just rising up shooting,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "I told the team at halftime, 'He never put the ball on the floor ... get up in his body and make him put the ball on the floor.' And I thought they'd see a difference and that's what happened.''

    Houston missed all five of his second-half shots and committed his fifth foul on a charge early in the fourth quarter.

    "I just got cold. My rhythm was gone and I was never able to get it back and I didn't do the necessary things to get back into game,'' Houston said. "When the fifth (foul) was called, I let it frustrate me. I have to get back into the game and be there for the team.''

    Jamal Mashburn scored 25 points and Jamaal Magloire and P.J. Brown each scored 20 to lead New Orleans to its eighth home victory.

    Brown had 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, while Magloire grabbed 11 for his second double-double in two games. The Hornets beat the Knicks for the second time in two weeks, with both games going to overtime.

    Magloire, starting at center for the injured Elden Campbell, is playing his best basketball just as Campbell is preparing to return to the lineup.

    The coaches "have a hard decision to make because I'm comfortable, I'm happy where I'm at and I'm doing well,'' Magloire said.

    "His rebounding, his shot blocking ... it's going to be hard to get him out of there,'' Silas said.

    Latrell Sprewell also scored 23 for the Knicks, including a 3-pointer to tie the game at 91 in the final minute, but he did not score in overtime and turned the ball over once.

    Howard Eisley scored 17 with 14 assists and Kurt Thomas had 16 points and 10 rebounds for New York, which has yet to win on the road in four tries. The Knicks also were 5-of-9 from the free throw line in the second half and 8-for-14 for the game.

    Knicks coach Don Chaney said having Houston in foul trouble in the third quarter hurt.

    "It's always painful to lose one like that. We are going to get there,'' Chaney said. "We need to have every available offensive player on the floor.''

    David Wesley scored 13 and Baron Davis 12 for New Orleans. Davis also had 10 assists.

    New York led for nearly all of the first three quarters, often by double digits, but a 3-pointer from the corner by Courtney Alexander left the score tied at 75 after three periods.

    The Hornets led 91-87 after Magloire hit a quick turnaround with the shot clock running out. But Sprewell hit a foul shot and a 3-pointer to tie it. The teams then exchanged baskets before Davis missed a one-handed floater at the buzzer that could have won it.

    Houston shot better than the entire New Orleans team from the field during a first quarter that saw the Knicks jump out to a 31-16 lead. Houston was 7-of-9 including a 3-pointer, while the Hornets shot 6-for-21 with six turnovers.

    New York kept its lead in double digits from the 5:33 mark of the first quarter until there was 1:39 left in the half, when Davis hit a 3-pointer to make the score 49-41.

    Houston finished the first half 11-of-13 for 23 points as New York led 53-45. New Orleans didn't tie the game until Mashburn hit a pair of free throws with 3:55 left in the third quarter to make it 69-69.

    Game notes

    Charlie Ward missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised leg. ... New Orleans activated but Elden Campbell, who had been out with a left knee sprain, but he did not dress for the game. ... Davis has led the Hornets in assists every game this season. ... Lee Nailon, released shortly before the regular season by the Hornets, played only four minutes in his return to New Orleans and did not score. ... The teams play again on Nov. 30.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 105
    FGM-FGA 42-90 (.467) 39-88 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 5-20 (.250) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 8-14 (.571) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-41 14-44
    Assists 26 32
    Turnovers 17 16
    Steals 7 11
    Blocks 9 7
    Fast Break Points 3 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (2/0) 14 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    New Orleans
    Howard Eisley Eisley
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 20
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0