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Houston's jumper forces OT; Thomas comes up big

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Allan Houston would rather be taking the
clutch shots than thinking about them. After missing most of the
season coming back from an injury, Houston made one of the biggest
baskets yet for New York.

"Sitting around watching, you picture yourself making big
shots," he said.

Houston hit the tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in
regulation, Kurt Thomas scored six points in overtime, and the New
York Knicks rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the
Philadelphia 76ers 113-107 on Friday night.

"Allan Houston's shot is money. That's why we got him the
ball," Thomas said.

Thomas opened overtime with a basket, and the Sixers never led
again. Jerome Williams had a three-point play, and Thomas and
Jamaal Crawford sealed the win with four free throws in the final
22 seconds.

Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 27 points, Houston had 15,
Williams 13, and Thomas 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Kenny Thomas scored a season-high 26 points, and Allen Iverson
had 24 for Philadelphia, which had a three-game winning streak
snapped.

"We just collapsed. It's as simple as that," Iverson said.

After playing only six minutes in the first three quarters,
Jerome Williams played the entire fourth quarter and scored eight
points. Stephon Marbury scored 10 points in the fourth and made
some clutch baskets down the stretch, giving Houston a chance.

Houston, who shot an airball on a three-miss possession on the
Knicks' previous trip, delivered with a 3-pointer from the right
side with time running out, tying the score 100-all.

"It's a situation I love to be in," said Houston, who spent
the first five weeks of the season on the injured list
rehabilitating a left knee injury.

With a three-point lead, the Sixers never tried fouling and
Andre Iguodala got caught up underneath on a screen, giving Houston
some space. New York coach Lenny Wilkens said he was surprised how
open Houston was.

"To have a lead and to have it dissipate hurts as much as it
can," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "It's not a good feeling, I
can assure you of that."

The Sixers had erased an 18-point second-half deficit in a win
against Denver on Tuesday.

The Sixers led 90-71 early in the fourth before the Knicks
scored 10 straight points to start their run.

Williams made a twisting layup through the lane, and Marbury had
a basket to make it 92-85.

Philadelphia clung to a 99-93 lead on Kyle Korver's running
jumper with 1:38 left in regulation.

Marbury, though, beat Willie Green on a crossover, spun around
another defender and scored on a nice underhand layup. He also made
two free throws with 52 seconds left that made it 99-97.

"I would credit Marbury's aggressiveness," O'Brien said.
"When he gets in the paint, you have to be ready to step up. You
need to keep Marbury in front of you and we did not."

Green made one of two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, giving
the Knicks just enough time to get off one last shot.

Houston, still being slowly worked into the rotation, had enough
time to get off the 3-pointer. He went 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

Marbury and Williams combined to go 14-for-26 from the floor,
and the Knicks shot 42 percent overall. The Knicks made 34 of 36
free throws; the Sixers were just 17-for-27.

Green finished with 14 points for the Sixers, Marc Jackson added
13, and Andre Iguodala had 11.

The Sixers -- who went ahead in the second quarter -- didn't trail
again until the first basket of overtime.

Game notes
Temple women's basketball coach and Olympian Dawn Staley
was honored by the 76ers as an everyday hero in the community. ...
Kurt Thomas and Crawford were whistled for technicals. ... Sixers G
John Salmons left in the second quarter with bronchitis. He didn't
return. ... Iverson went down briefly midway through the third,
grabbing his right thigh, but stayed in the game. ... Philadelphia
activated G Kevin Ollie and placed F Josh Davis on the injured
list.

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