NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at New York
(Friday, March 27th)
Final Score: New York 103, New Orleans 93
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Al Harrington went 5-for-11 from three-point range for 23 points, helping the Knicks snap a six-game losing streak with a 103-93 victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Madison Square Garden.
David Lee earned his 57th double-double by adding 18 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which also snapped a five-game slide at MSG, where the team is 19-19 for the season but just 2-7 over its last nine tilts. Wilson Chandler and Chris Duhon scored 15 points in the win.
The Knicks, who swept both games with the Hornets this season, are 5 1/2 games off the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 10 games remaining.
Chris Paul totaled 22 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, which has lost two in a row on the heels of a three-game winning streak. David West chipped in 29 points and Julian Wright 11 with 14 boards for the Hornets, who scored just 44 points in the second half.
James Posey, who finished with seven points, was ejected late in the fourth quarter for throwing the ball at referee Gary Zielinski. The Hornets are 3 1/2 games behind the Spurs for the Southwest Division lead.
"It's tough, it's tough, but we've been through this situation before and other guys have been stepping up," said Paul. "We can't relax...all those teams are catching us, so we got to pick it up."
The Hornets stung the Knicks for a 26-23 lead after the first quarter and increased that to 49-42 at the intermission.
New York opened the second half on a 10-2 run -- with Lee accounting for eight of the points -- to take a 52-51 advantage with just under nine minutes left in the third.
The lead went back-and-forth and eventually was tied at 57 on a Wright jumper, but New York embarked on a 10-0 run to grab a 67-57 lead. On the surge Lee had an uncontested, emphatic slam and Duhon hit a pair of threes, including the one that capped it off with 3:39 showing.
The teams traded baskets before Quentin Richardson hit a three as the period expired to give the home team a 77-65 lead headed to the final 12 minutes.
Nate Robinson had a finger-roll basket and Richardson nailed two free throws early in the fourth, which gave the Knicks an 81-67 lead.
With just under nine minutes left, New Orleans cut its deficit to seven on six straight points from Paul, but the club failed to get any closer, as New York pulled away. The Knicks led by as many as 16 points down the stretch.
"I wouldn't say it's desperation, it's just that we want to finish the season on a positive note," Duhon said. "It's been a decent year...we just wanted to play these last games hard."
All of Duhon's points came in the second half...Prior to the game, the Knicks signed guard Joe Crawford...New York dropped six straight outings on two other occasions this season but hasn't lost seven in a row since February 29-March 10, 2008...The Hornets had won in each of their last four visits to the Big Apple.
03/28 02:13:22 ET