NBA Game Summary - New York at New Orleans
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: New York 113, New Orleans 96
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Al Harrington scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks came alive in the final five minutes to pull out an impressive 113-96 win over New Orleans.
Both teams came in riding a three-game winning streak, but it was New York that stayed in the win column by ending the contest on an 18-0 run, with all of its points coming via the long ball.
Chris Duhon recorded 22 points and nine assists, while David Lee had 17 points and 14 rebounds for New York, which shot 55.1 percent from the field and 13- of-25 from three-point range for the game.
David West netted 20 points, while Chris Paul logged 13 points and 13 assists for the Hornets, who shot a porous 6-of-27 from beyond the arc.
"It was obvious we couldn't buy a shot," Paul said. "Our defense was unbelievable. We've got to change that. We've had a few games where our defense was good. Tonight it was horrible."
The Knicks began their comeback in the third, as Duhon sandwiched a Lee bucket with a pair of three-pointers for a 70-69 lead near the midway point.
New York eventually took an 81-79 edge to the final stanza, which featured four lead changes. James Posey's layup with just under five minutes to go gave the Hornets a 96-95 lead, but it proved to be their last basket.
Duhon started the three-point barrage with a pair of makes from behind the arc, and after Marcus Thornton missed a three for New Orleans, Harrington got in on the act for a 104-96 lead with three minutes to play.
Paul missed a mid-range jumper coming out of a timeout, and Harrington again was true from long range. Blocks by Jared Jeffries and Danilo Gallinari at the other end preceded another Duhon trey, and the Knicks held on from there.
"Everybody hit big shots, one after another," Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said of the closing minutes. "We were moving the ball really well. We're just playing really well right now. Hopefully, we just keep our heads down and keep on plugging."
The Hornets led 30-21 after 12 minutes, and the teams played an even second quarter to go into the break with a 62-53 score in favor of the hosts.
The Hornets had won seven straight home games...Peja Stojakovic had 16 points for the Hornets, who received 10 points apiece from Thornton and Darius Songaila...Wilson Chandler chipped in 20 points for the Knicks, who got a 12- point, 11-rebound effort from Gallinari.
12/11 23:17:43 ET