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Knicks surprise Dallas

Associated Press / March 14, 2010

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Former Celtic Bill Walker scored a career-high 23 points and Wilson Chandler added 22 as the New York Knicks snapped the Mavericks’ 13-game winning streak with a 128-94 spanking in Dallas last night.

The Mavericks had their most lopsided win in franchise history in the season’s first meeting between the teams, a 128-78 rout of New York Jan. 24 at Madison Square Garden. This time, it was the Knicks’ turn for a runaway.

Rookie Toney Douglas had 21 points, Al Harrington added 20 points, and David Lee contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who’d lost 14 of their previous 17 and nine straight in Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Jason Kidd added 15 points for Dallas, which hadn’t lost since Feb. 16.

The Knicks shot 56 percent from the field (50 for 89) and 16 of 30 from 3-point range.

Slow starts had become a habit for the Mavericks during their streak, and the Knicks carried a 30-25 edge into the second quarter.

Harrington had 15 points in the first half and Douglas 13 to help the Knicks take a 58-48 lead at the break. Douglas was making his third start of the season and first since Nov. 18.

The Knicks opened the third quarter with a 20-9 spurt, capped by Tracy McGrady’s 3-point play, to expand their advantage to 78-57. McGrady had 11 third-quarter points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and the Knicks took a 91-66 lead into the final quarter.

New York went on to lead by as many as 37 points in the fourth quarter behind 16 points from Walker, who was acquired from Celtics in the trade for Nate Robinson.

Magic 105, Wizards 95 — Dwight Howard had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and streaking Orlando won its eighth straight by wearing down host Washington.

Howard became a one-man show early in the second half. He made a hook shot, slammed an alley-oop on a pass from Jameer Nelson, recorded a steal, blocked one of Andray Blatche’s shots and hit a free throw during the first two minutes of the third quarter.

Hawks 112, Pistons 99 — Joe Johnson scored 26 points and host Atlanta had its best shooting game of the season (63 percent) but still had to hold off Detroit’s comeback.

The Hawks took a 28-point lead in the second quarter but suffered a second-half letdown. Atlanta kept its lead in double figures from the 7:17 mark of the opening quarter until Ben Gordon scored with 6:45 remaining to cut the lead to 96-87.

Warriors 124, Raptors 112 — Stephen Curry had 35 points and 10 assists and Monta Ellis scored 31 in his second game back following a back injury as host Golden State snapped a six-game losing streak.

Spurs 118, Clippers 88 — George Hill had 14 points and a career-high 11 assists to help host San Antonio win its third straight by routing Los Angeles.

Nuggets 125, Grizzlies 108 — J.R. Smith scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, rallying visiting Denver past Memphis for the Nuggets’ sixth straight win.

Rockets 116, Nets 108 — Luis Scola scored a career-high 44 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as host Houston put away New Jersey.

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