Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/22

Game 1: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 2: Wednesday, April 2nd

Nuggets 88


Knicks 97

(17-23, 12-11 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, January 22, 2003

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 25 29 13 2188
    NY 27 23 24 2397

    Top Performers

    Denver: J. Howard 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    New York: A. Houston 37 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Camby watches from bench as Knicks roll

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Allan Houston scored 24 of his 37 points in the first half and the New York Knicks pulled away from the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter for a 97-88 victory Wednesday night.

    Latrell Sprewell added 17 and the Knicks shot 10-of-19 on 3-pointers to win their third straight despite foul trouble that gave Denver an advantage inside.

    Juwan Howard scored 28 and Donnell Harvey had 19 for the Nuggets, who outrebounded the Knicks 35-32 and led by as many as nine points in the third quarter before falling to New York's outside shooting. Denver has lost five straight on the road and has not defeated an Eastern Conference opponent on the road in eight chances this season.

    New York center Kurt Thomas picked up his fourth foul at the beginning of the third quarter, and the Nuggets took advantage.

    Harvey hit a pair of free throws and Nene Hilario had a pair of dunks to give Denver a 59-50 lead.

    But Sprewell hit a 3-pointer and Houston had a 3 and a jumper in a 12-2 run that put the Knicks up 62-61, and Howard Eisley broke a 65-all tie with a 3-pointer just 3 minutes before the end of the third.

    Sprewell followed with a 3-pointer of his own and the Knicks built a seven-point lead that was never really threatened in the fourth.

    The Nuggets, who lead the league in turnovers per game, committed 15 Wednesday, including four late in the third quarter when they went 3:15 without scoring and the Knicks surged ahead.

    Game notes

    Houston's season-high is 39 in a Nov. 2 loss to Boston. ... There was a 10-minute delay in the first quarter after Nuggets forward Rodney White got sick and vomited on the floor. He sat the rest of the first half but played two minutes in the third quarter. ... The game was the first between the Knicks and Nuggets since the teams swapped forwards. Marcus Camby sat on the Denver bench with a sprained right ankle, while Antonio McDyess has been sidelined since fracturing his left patella in the preseason. ... In that trade, New York included the seventh pick in the 2002 draft, Nene Hilario of Brazil. The 6-11 forward, a starter for the Nuggets, and is the only member of the trade not currently on the injured list. ``One thing I was extremely fond of was that he was fresh. He wanted to play and was untainted,'' New York coach Don Chaney said. Hilario scored 11 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 97
    FGM-FGA 33-73 (.452) 34-70 (.486)
    3PM-3PA 1-2 (.500) 10-19 (.526)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 19-21 (.905)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-35 10-32
    Assists 23 22
    Turnovers 15 16
    Steals 10 5
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 2 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (3/0) 21 (4/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Juwan Howard Howard
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Allan Houston Houston
    Points: 37
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0