NEW YORK – David Lee tipped in a long inbounds pass as time expired in the second overtime, giving the exhausted New York Knicks a 111-109 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Still missing three suspended players after last Saturday’s brawl with the Nuggets and playing without injured starters Steve Francis and Quentin Richardson, the Knicks were forced into overtime for the second time in three nights. They played only eight players, just as they did Monday when they came from 16 points down to beat Utah 97-96 in overtime.

This time, New York erased a 19-point deficit, grinding out the win after managing just three field goals in the fourth quarter.

Channing Frye matched a career high with 30 points and Eddy Curry had 29 for the Knicks, who kept all five starters on the floor for at least 47 minutes. Starting guards Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford each played 54 minutes.

AP-ES-12-20-06 2247EST


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