Knicks set Garden record
New York scores 82 in first half
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni glanced at the best stat line of David Lee's career and somehow managed to sound disappointed.
"He should've had 50," D'Antoni said. "He should've had 50 and 28."
Against these Golden State Warriors, why not?
Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and New York rang up a Madison Square Garden record-setting 82 points in the first half of a 138-125 victory over Golden State last night.
"Chris Duhon did a great job of finding me on the pick-and-roll," Lee said. "And he found me about 18 or 20 times."
Duhon set Lee up for numerous dunks against the defenseless Warriors, who completed a winless five-game Eastern trip and looked as if they couldn't wait to get home. One of the slams, with 3:11 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin's franchise record of 21 assists set Dec. 12, 1958.
"That's what a point guard's supposed to do, is get their team involved," Duhon said. "If I can do that every night I would love it. I love sharing the ball, I love getting those guys involved. The main important thing is that we got the win."
Lee had the Knicks' first 30-20 game in regulation since Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing had 36 points and 21 rebounds against Philadelphia Jan. 23, 1994.
Hawks 102, Wizards 98 - Al Horford's 3-point play with 12.4 seconds remaining broke a tie in Atlanta's victory over host Washington.
The Wizards' Caron Butler hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 to play to tie it at 98 after Atlanta had a 17-point lead early in the third quarter. Darius Songaila's turnover with 31.8 seconds left gave the ball to Atlanta. Mike Bibby, who led Atlanta with 21 points, fed Horford for a layup, and he was fouled by Butler. Horford, who had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists, hit the free throw for a 101-98 lead.
Rockets 103, Spurs 84 - Luther Head scored 21 points in place of the injured Tracy McGrady and host Houston used balanced scoring to beat San Antonio. McGrady sat out for the second straight game because of a sore left knee. Cavaliers 97, Bucks 85 - LeBron James scored 11 straight points late in the fourth quarter and finished with 32 in Cleveland's victory over host Milwaukee. Michael Redd returned after missing 14 games with a right ankle sprain to lead the Bucks with 20 points.
Clippers 97, Heat 96 - Zach Randolph and Al Thornton each scored 27 points as host Los Angeles edged Miami. The Heat's Dwyane Wade missed a desperation 3-pointer as time expired.
Thunder 111, Grizzlies 103 - Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help visiting Oklahoma City snap a 14-game losing streak. The victory was the Thunder's first on the road and second of the season.
Nuggets 106, Timberwolves 97 - Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 27 points in three quarters, Carmelo Anthony added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting Denver beat Minnesota.
Nets 105, Jazz 88 - Devin Harris scored 34 points to lift New Jersey past host Utah.
Magic 110, Pacers 96 - Dwight Howard had a season-high 32 points, 21 rebounds, and 4 blocks to help host Orlando beat Indiana.
Mavericks 101, Kings 78 - Jason Terry scored 24 points as Dallas pulled away in the third quarter to beat host Sacramento.