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