NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at New York
(Tuesday, January 11th)
Final Score: New Orleans 88, New York 82
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Lee Nailon scored 18 points and hit a tie- breaking jump shot with 1:15 remaining to lift New Orleans to an 88-82 victory over New York at Madison Square Garden.
Baron Davis had a game-high 21 points and dished out 10 assists, as the Hornets stopped a 14-game losing streak on the road and posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
"We're going into each and every game knowing we have the ability to win," said Davis. "We're not going to be a team that going to win nine games (in reference to the NBA record for fewest victories in a season). That will never happen, I can attest to that."
P.J. Brown racked up 17 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which came in with a league-worst 3-29 record. Dan Dickau contributed 17 points in the win on 5-of-6 shooting off the bench.
"(The Hornets') record's definitely not the type of the team that's out there on the floor," said Knicks forward Jerome Williams.
Allan Houston topped the slumping Knicks with 17 points, while Stephon Marbury compiled 15 points and 13 assists in the loss. New York, which fell for the fifth time in six outings, also received a double-double from Williams, who finished with 12 points and a season-best 11 rebounds.
The Knicks looked lethargic throughout and only led at one point during the night, when Williams threw down a dunk with 7:13 left before halftime to give the hosts a 36-35 edge.
New York trailed 70-59 in the final seconds of the third quarter but fought back to tie the game at 80-80 on Marbury's transition layup with 1:33 to play.
Nailon then buried an open baseline jumper off a feed from Rodney Rogers on the ensuing possession to put New Orleans back in front. After Houston missed a three-pointer with 47 seconds left, Brown was fouled on the rebound and sank both attempts from the line to make the score 84-80.
A Kurt Thomas tip-in with 17 seconds to go brought the Knicks to within two, but Dickau iced the game by canning two foul shots with 13.4 seconds on the clock.
"I thought Danny just played a great game," said New Orleans head coach Byron Scott. "He hit some big shots. I think he did a heck of a job of guarding Allan (Houston), especially in the second half."
Davis and Nailon each scored 14 first-half points and New Orleans shot 53 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes to build a 54-47 advantage.
The Hornets pushed the margin to double-digits midway through the third quarter, but consecutive buckets by Thomas followed by a driving layup from Marbury and cut the lead to 63-59.
New Orleans responded with seven straight points to move ahead by 11. A jumper by Trevor Ariza in the final seconds of the third got the Knicks to within 70-61.
New York continued to chip away at its deficit in the fourth quarter. Thomas scored off a Marbury pass with 3:24 to go to pull the Knicks within 80-78, and Marbury went coast-to-coast after Davis missed a layup to knot the score at the 1:33 mark.
New Orleans' only other road win this season came on November 22 against Utah...The Hornets, who won consecutive games for the first time since April 9-10, 2004, had lost their first 12 contests against Eastern Conference foes this year...Thomas ended with 15 points...New York played without injured forwards Tim Thomas (knee) and Michael Sweetney (ankle)...The Knicks did activate guard Jamison Brewer, out since December 4 with tendinitis in his right toe, but he saw no action...The Hornets had lost 11 of their last 13 visits to MSG.
01/12 00:26:31 ET