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
"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
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
"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.''
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
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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