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Knicks triumph, improve chances

Reserves Moochie Norris and Michael Sweetney each scored 11 fourth-quarter points as the New York Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit in the final period for a 101-97 victory over the Hornets last night in New Orleans.

Norris played 40 minutes and scored a team-high 21 points.

His 3-pointer with 3:12 left gave New York a 93-92 lead, its first since early in the second quarter.

The Knicks need a victory over the Cavaliers tomorrow and a loss by New Orleans against Washington to gain the sixth seed.

Hawks 129, Nets 107 -- Host Atlanta's Bob Sura became the first NBA player in seven years to have three straight triple-doubles, but it came under questionable circumstances.

Sura had 22 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds -- the last rebound coming when he intentionally missed a layup just before the buzzer and grabbed his own rebound.

Last season Celtic Ricky Davis, then of Cleveland, was roundly condemned when he tried to finish off his first career triple-double by shooting at the wrong basket, missing, and getting the rebound. Before he could do it, a Utah player wrapped up Davis and was called for a foul.

Cavaliers 93, Bucks 89 -- Rookie LeBron James scored 27 points as Cleveland won its home finale, denying Milwaukee a chance at moving closer to home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Nuggets 97, Kings 89 -- Marcus Camby had 12 points, 21 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 blocked shots to help host Denver reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995. The win secured at least the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Spurs 78, Trail Blazers 66 -- Tim Duncan had 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead San Antonio to its 10th straight victory and host Portland was eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

Timberwolves 104, Jazz 90 -- Latrell Sprewell scored 24 points, and Kevin Garnett posted his 71st double-double -- 21 points and 17 rebounds -- as host Minnesota won its eighth straight.

Pacers 107, 76ers 93 -- Jermaine O'Neal scored 28 points and led visiting Indiana (60-21), which set a season record for wins.

Pistons 101, Wizards 79 -- Mike James scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half as host Detroit won its eighth in a row.

Rockets 111, SuperSonics 107 -- Mark Jackson scored a season-high 25 points to power visiting Houston, which locked up the seventh seed in the West.

Magic 93, Bulls 84 -- Juwan Howard scored a season-high 38 points to help visiting Orlando snap a 13-game losing skid.

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