Rockets beat Knicks in New York


Sun, Jan 23, 2005 - Page 24

Scott Padgett hit an off-balance, one-hander at the buzzer from just inside the free-throw line Friday to give the Houston Rockets a 92-91 victory over the slumping New York Knicks.

"I got lucky. I don't think I've hit a floater in my career," Padgett said. "It was not a bad time to make the first one."

Tracy McGrady scored 35 points, six on two 3-pointers in Houston's 13-0 run at the start of the second half, to help the Rockets win for the fifth time in their last seven games.

The Knicks have lost nine of 10.

After Stephon Marbury made two free throws to give the Knicks a 91-88 lead, Yao Ming countered with an inside basket for Houston to make it 91-90.

The Knicks had a chance to put the game away with a basket, but gave the Rockets a chance with a shot-clock violation. Padgett got the ball after the Knicks swarmed McGrady and just beat the buzzer with his winning shot.

Yao added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Padgett finished with 12 points for Houston. Marbury led the Knicks with 20, and Jamal Crawford had 18.

Pacers 106, Heat 100, OT

In Miami, Jamaal Tinsley scored 30 points, including a jumper to force overtime, and Reggie Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers in the extra session to help Indiana win its first meeting with Miami since last season's Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tinsley hit an awkward shot over Miami's Keyon Dooling to tie the game with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Miller opened the overtime scoring with a 3-pointer, then added another for a 101-96 Indiana lead with 1:36 remaining.

Jermaine O'Neal had 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Indiana. Miller had 18 points.

Dwyane Wade scored 30 points for Miami, which made 48.1 percent of its shots from the field _ and 47.2 percent from the foul line, missing 19 of its 36 attempts from the stripe. Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and Haslem had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.

Bulls 95, Hawks 85

In Chicago, Kirk Hinrich had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Antonio Davis added a season-high 17 points to lead Chicago over Atlanta.

Curry scored 18 points for Chicago, which has won six straight at home.

Antoine Walker scored 25 points for Atlanta and Al Harrington added 21 points.

Lakers 105, Warriors 101

In Los Angeles, Chucky Atkins had 26 points and 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Golden State for the second time in a week.

Jason Richardson scored 26 for the Warriors. Derek Fisher had 23 points against his former Los Angeles teammates.

Spurs 128, Suns 123, OT

In Phoenix, Manu Ginobili scored a career-high 48 points as San Antonio rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to hand Phoenix its their sixth consecutive loss.

Tim Duncan had 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Spurs, who became the first team to beat Phoenix twice this season.

Steve Nash had 16 points and 13 assists in 46 minutes after missing the last 3 1/2 games with injuries.

Shawn Marion scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Suns. His 3-pointer at the fourth-quarter buzzer that sent the game into overtime. Amare Stoudemire scored 35. Joe Johnson scored 21.