NBA Game Summary - New Orleans/Oklahoma City at New York
(Friday, March 16th)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 92, New York 90
New York, NY (Sports Network) - David West scored 18 points, and hit the go- ahead jumper with 55 seconds remaining, as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets came back from 18 points down to top the New York Knicks, 92-90.
West finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, and Rasual Butler scored 17 points.
Steve Francis had 21 points and 10 assists, but missed a potential game- winning three-pointer. Channing Frye scored 20 points and Eddy Curry had 18 for the Knicks, who have lost two straight at Madison Square Garden after winning seven in a row.
"We've had too many games like that this year," said Paul. "The second half the Knicks did a great job of trying to contain the ball screens. The shots we made down the stretch are why we won the game."
Stephon Marbury made two free throws with 1:14 remaining to tie the game at 90. West then made his jumper for the Hornets to give them the two-point edge, and the Knicks couldn't make another basket, with Marbury missing a layup, and Francis missing a three. Bobby Jackson came down with the rebound for the Hornets, and the Knicks ran out of time.
"I got a pretty decent look, and I thought I'd be able to make it," said Francis. "We shouldn't have put ourselves in that situation, that was tough."
Butler capped a 15-5 run with a trey at the 5:10 mark that put the Hornets up 83-82. Marbury answered with a jumper 20 seconds later that put the Knicks back on top, and the lead see-sawed down the stretch.
New York led entering the final 12 minutes of play, 71-64.
The Knicks closed the first quarter with six straight points, and led 29-15 entering the second quarter.
The New York lead reached 43-25 midway through the second quarter, but the Hornets sliced the lead to 54-48 at the half.
The Knicks sported green uniforms to celebrate St. Patrick's Day...Paul has led the Hornets in assists in 45 of 48 games...New York was 15-of-15 from the free-throw line...The Hornets outrebounded the Knicks, 43-32.
03/17 00:02:07 ET