Sunday, February 13, 2011


NEWARK, N.J. (AP)—Amare Stoudemire’s injury turned into Wilson Chandler’s opportunity—and a satisfying win for the New York Knicks.

Chandler replaced the injured Stoudemire in the lineup and scored 21 points, his first 20-point outing in nearly three weeks, and the Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets 105-95 on Saturday night to avoid falling below .500.

“It was very big for us,” rookie Landry Fields said. “We came into the game knowing Amare wasn’t going to play, so we needed that extra energy. I think Wil put it on himself to be more aggressive tonight and he had a great night.” York Knicks ' Shawne W…
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Reserve Toney Douglas added 19 points and Fields had 14, making three big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks won for just the second time in six games and improved to 27-26.

Stoudemire missed his first game of the season with a sprained right big toe, but the Knicks overcame their All-Star’s absence by making 16 3-pointers, including Chandler’s that gave them the lead for good with 4:08 left.

Web summary: Amare Stoudemire missed his first game of the season due to a sprained big toe, but the Knicks made 16 3-pointers to beat the Nets 105-95 Saturday night. Wilson Chandler scored 21 points and the Knicks avoided falling below .500.

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Derrick Rose’s latest matchup against one of the NBA’s top point guards left the New Orleans Arena crowd gasping at the Chicago star’s array of spinning dribbles, slashing drives and running jump shots.

Rose scored 23 points while holding Western Conference All-Star starter Chris Paul in check, and the Bulls turned a 12-point third-quarter deficit into a 97-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.

Rose’s dominant performance in New Orleans came one game after he scored 29 points—while matched up against Derron Williams—in the Bulls’ victory in Utah on Wednesday night.

Paul came in averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 assists and had 15 points on 3 of 10 shooting and six assists against the Bulls.

Rose downplayed his role in the victory and said his success against Paul stemmed from the team’s defensive scheme.

“I think I contested all his shots and just tried to make him work for it,” said Rose, who seemed more inclined to discuss the performance of the Bulls’ reserve unit, which contributed 30 points and 20 rebounds.

“They’re the reason why we won this game,” Rose said.

Web summary: Derrick Rose won the point guard battle against Chris Paul as the Bulls topped the Hornets 97-88 Saturday night. Rose, who scored 23 points, gave the credit to the Bulls’ bench, which contributed 30 points and 20 rebounds. Paul had 15 points and six assists for the Hornets who gave up a 12-point lead in the third quarter.

ATLANTA (AP)—Paul Silas kept telling his Charlotte Bobcats to just keep playing, no matter how bad their chances looked against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bobcats didn’t give up when the Hawks scored 13 straight in the first quarter. They didn’t stop shooting when they missed their first 14 shots of the second period in Atlanta’s 16-0 run, and they 
kept playing when they trailed by 22 in the first half and 18 in the third quarter.

The Bobcats’ determination paid off when Stephen Jackson hit a last-second jumper over two Atlanta defenders to give the Bobcats an 88-86 win over the Hawks on Saturday night.

Web summary: Stephan Jackson hit a game-winning shot over two Atlanta defenders to give the Bobcats an 88-86 win over the Hawks Saturday night. The Bobcats trailed by 22 in the first half and 18 in the third quarter but came back due to Atlanta’s 1 for 17 performance from the field in the first 9 minutes of the 4th quarter.

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