NBA Game Summary - New York at Los Angeles Clippers
(Sunday, April 4th)
Final Score: New York 113, Los Angeles Clippers 107
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - David Lee had 29 points and Al Harrington scored 26 to lead the Knicks to their first win in Los Angeles against the Clippers in over 12 years, 113-107.
Bill Walker produced 18 points and Toney Douglas 13 for New York, which had lost 10 straight on the road in this series with its last victory coming back on March 25, 1998.
The Knicks were able to salvage the finale of a five-game road trip and snap a five-game losing streak away from Madison Square Garden.
"We had a tough road trip and to get this one tonight gives us a little momentum for our final games," said Lee.
Baron Davis recorded 23 points and 11 assists and Chris Kaman posted 22 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five in a row. Eric Gordon and Drew Gooden each scored 17 in defeat.
"We hurt ourselves by not defending their bigs, we also hurt ourselves at the free throw line," said Clippers coach Kim Hughes.
The Clips were out to an early 18-8 lead, but New York closed the gap and ended the opening frame on a 10-2 run to lead, 29-27.
The Knicks continued their surge early in the second to open up a 10-point advantage on a three-point play from Lee. New York continued to lead, 49-40, after Harrington knocked down back-to-back threes with 5 1/2 minutes to go.
Harrington had another three just before halftime and Danilo Gallinari's dunk gave the visitors a 59-55 edge moving to the second half.
Harrington and Walker came out of the break with consecutive three-pointers to get the Knicks' lead back to 10 in short order. It was an advantage that fluctuated for the next 11 minutes, but New York again had that same lead on a Lee jumper with 1:12 left and led 86-79 with 36 minutes in the books.
LA shaved the lead to a single possession, in part behind two Rasual Butler threes inside the first three minutes of the fourth. DeAndre Jordan's dunk then cut it to two, 94-92, with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
New York rallied back to an eight-point lead with under five minutes left on a Gallinari three-pointer, but LA tied the game by scoring the next eight points capped by a pair of buckets by Gooden with less than three minutes to go.
Harrington, though, helped seal the win with two at the line, then backed down Davis in the paint and banked in a deuce for a 107-103 New York lead with 36.9 seconds on the clock. A 6-of-6 showing at the line from there assured the outcome.
The Knicks are 11-27 away from Madison Square Garden this season...LA is 19-18 at home...New York's Tracy McGrady sat with a sore left knee...New York snapped a four-game slide in the series with the Clippers thanks to a 95-91 victory back on December 18 this season...Butler hit a trio of three-pointer for LA to set the single-season franchise record with 140...Jordan had 10 points and 10 boards in the loss...Lee added 10 rebounds as well, while Harrington recorded five three-pointers and added four steals.
04/05 00:46:59 ET