Knicks rewrite record books in win

The Knicks' Al Harrington (7) shoots over the Warriors' Corey Maggette (50) during the first half of a basketball game Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. <BR><I>AP photo

NEW YORK ? Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, David Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State on Saturday night.

Duhon set Lee up for numerous dunks against the defenseless Warriors, who completed a winless five-game Eastern trip and looked as if they couldn?t wait to get home. One of the slams, with 3:09 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin?s franchise record of 21 assists set on Dec. 12, 1958.

The Knicks raced to an 82-64 halftime lead behind 20 points from Lee. His basket with 3.4 seconds left let New York shatter the record for most first-half points at the present Madison Square Garden, set when Kansas City scored 81 on Dec. 8, 1979.

Al Harrington, acquired from Golden State last week, added 36 points and 12 rebounds for the banged-up Knicks, who used only seven players.

Celtics 89, Bobcats 84 ? In Charlotte, N.C., Paul Pierce scored 19 points, and NBA champion Boston won its eighth straight game to improve to 16-2.

Kendrick Perkins had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Ray Allen added 15 points, Tony Allen had 11, and Eddie House and Kevin Garnett 10 each for Boston.

Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, and Jason Richardson had 22 for Charlotte.

Thunder 111, Grizzlies 103 ? In Memphis, Tenn., Kevin Durant scored 30 points, and Jeff Green added 22 to help Oklahoma City snap a 14-game losing streak.

The victory was Oklahoma City?s first on the road and second of the season following an 88-85 win over Minnesota on Nov. 2. Memphis has lost 10 of its last 11.

Russell Westbrook had 12 points for the Thunder, and Damian Wilkins and Desmond Mason finished with 11 each. O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 30 points, while Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol scored 16 each.

Magic 110, Pacers 96 ? In Orlando, Fla., Dwight Howard had a season-high 32 points and 21 rebounds and added four blocks, and Rashard Lewis had 24 points for Orlando.

Hedo Turkoglu added 22 points, and Anthony Johnson had a season-high 16. The Magic have won four in a row and nine of their last 10.

Danny Granger had 27 points, and Marquis Daniels added 21 for Indiana.

Cavaliers 97, Bucks 85 ? In Milwuakee, LeBron James scored 11 straight points for Cleveland late in the fourth quarter and finished with 32.

James struggled much of the night, going without a field goal for more than 15 minutes in the second half before he led Cleveland on a decisive 11-2 run. He was 12-of-27 from the field and the Cavs shot a season-low 41.5 percent.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a season-high 23 points and 17 rebounds to help Cleveland, win for the 13th time in 14 games. Michael Redd returned after missing 14 games with a right ankle sprain to lead the Bucks with 20 points in 35 minutes.

Rockets 103, Spurs 84 ? In Houston, Luther Head scored 21 points in place of the injured Tracy McGrady, and Ron Artest added 16 points and eight rebounds for Houston.

The Rockets shot 48 percent (39-of-81) and committed only seven turnovers to beat the Spurs for the fifth time in the last 16 meetings.

Tim Duncan had 17 points for the Spurs. Tony Parker had 15 points and seven assists in his second game since missing nine games because of a sprained ankle.

Nuggets 106, Timberwolves 97 ? In Minneapolis, Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 27 points in three quarters, Carmelo Anthony added 25 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.

The Nuggets have beaten Minnesota seven straight times and 12 of 15.

Randy Foye scored a season-high 25 points to lead Minnesota.

Clippers 97, Heat 96 ? In Los Angeles, Zach Randolph and Al Thornton each scored 27 points, and Baron Davis, playing despite a stomach virus, had 15 points, nine assists and five rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a four-game losing streak.

Dwyane Wade had 26 points, 11 assists and six rebounds for Miami. The NBA scoring leader missed a desperation a 3-pointer as time expired.

Mavericks 101, Kings 78 ? In Sacramento, Calif., Jason Terry scored 24 points, and Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points and eight rebounds to help Dallas even its record at 8-8.

Beno Udrih had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings have lost six straight and nine of 10.

Hawks 102, Wizards 98 ? In Washington, Al Horford?s had a tiebreaking three-point play with 12.4 seconds left for Atlanta and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Mike Bibby led Atlanta with 21 points. Antawn Jamison led Washington with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Caron Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Nets 105, Jazz 88 ? In Salt Lake City, Devin Harris scored 34 points, and Vince Carter added 22 points for New Jersey, 4-1 in its last five games.

Paul Millsap led Utah with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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