Wed, Nov 05, 2003 - Page 20 News List

NY Knicks finally win one


Baron Davis, right, of the Hornets beats Boris Diaw of the Hawks during their game at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, Monday.


New York held Orlando to a franchise-low 25 percent shooting, and the Knicks won their first game with a 75-68 victory over the Magic on Monday night.

Charlie Ward scored 15 points, and Keith Van Horn added 14 points and eight rebounds for New York, which avoided its second 0-3 start in as many seasons with its best defensive effort ever.

The Magic's previous worst shooting performance was 28.6 percent at Philadelphia on March 15, 1999. A 2-for-15 second quarter and 4-for-16 fourth quarter en route to a 21-for-84 night helped beat that record by three misses.

Tracy McGrady scored 19 points on 5-for-20 shooting to lead the Magic, who lost their opening three home games for the first time in the franchise's 15-year history.

Hawks 90, Hornets 80

In Atlanta, Dion Glover had 20 points, Jacque Vaughn filled in for top scorer Jason Terry and Atlanta beat New Orleans for its first win.

Terry, averaging 22.7 points, was serving a one-game suspension, imposed by the NBA for throwing a flagrant elbow in Saturday's loss to Indiana.

Vaughn started in Terry's spot and played the entire game, scoring eight points, dishing out seven assists and committing only two turnovers.

Robert Traylor scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Hornets, who lost for the first time after opening the season with three straight victories. They were the last unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference.

Mavericks 103, Heat 93

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter to break open a tight game and send Dallas to a victory over winless Miami.

Steve Nash added 18 points and 11 assists, and Tony Delk had 17 points for the Mavericks (3-1). Dallas also got 13 points and nine rebounds from Antoine Walker.

Udonis Haslem had 20 points and 12 rebounds, John Wallace scored 19 points, and Lamar Odom had 17 points and nine assists for the short-handed Heat (0-4).

Rockets 98, Bulls 66

In Chicago, Steve Francis scored 19 points to lead Houston to a rout of Chicago.

Cuttino Mobley added 14 points and Yao Ming had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, who forced the Bulls into 19 turnovers and held them to just 27 percent shooting.

Jamal Crawford led the Bulls with 19 points, and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 17 rebounds. It was the third blowout loss already this season for Chicago (1-3). The Bulls lost to Washington at home by 25 in their opener and got beat at Milwaukee by 30 on Saturday.

For the results of other games and local TV broadcast information, see the scoreboard on p19.

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