NEW YORK – Jamal Crawford scored 28 points, and the New York Knicks shook off their numbers problem again to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-92 Friday night for their season-high third straight victory.

Eddy Curry, also a former Bulls player, added 20 points as the Knicks won three in a row for the first time since April and snapped Chicago’s five-game winning streak. Stephon Marbury scored 19 before walking off the floor to a loud ovation in the final minute.

Still missing injured starters Steve Francis and Quentin Richardson along with the suspended Nate Robinson, Jared Jeffries and Mardy Collins, the Knicks used nine players after going with eight in their last two games, a pair of overtime victories over Utah and Charlotte.

Bobcats 101, Jazz 89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Emeka Okafor had 21 points, Matt Carroll scored all 16 of his points in the fourth quarter to prevent Utah from pulling off another dramatic comeback, and the Charlotte Bobcats held on for a 101-89 win over the Jazz on Friday night.

Okafor also had 10 rebounds, Raymond Felton added 18 points and 12 assists and Primoz Brezec had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bobcats, whose 20-point halftime lead was whittled to four with just over 4 minutes left.

Lakers 99, Nets 95

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Kobe Bryant had 21 points, a season-high 11 assists and combined with Jordan Farmar to lead the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth quarter in a 99-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.

Farmar had five points and two assists in the final quarter and the Lakers got good efforts from reserves Andrew Bynum and Maurice Evans down the stretch in holding off the Nets for the second time this season.

Pacers 100, Hawks 90

ATLANTA – Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and Al Harrington added 20 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 100-90 on Friday night.

The two former Hawks led the Pacers to their fourth win in five games.

Jermaine O’Neal added 16 points for Indiana.

Joe Johnson had 31 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost three straight and seven of eight. Jackson scored 16 points in the first half to lead the Pacers to a 52-47 advantage. Johnson had 22 first-half points for the Hawks, whose only lead was at 2-0.

Warriors 117, Magic 108

ORLANDO, Fla. – Baron Davis had 38 points and nine assists, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 117-108 Friday night for their second straight road win.

Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mickael Pietrus finished with 15 for the Warriors, who are just 3-9 on the road this season.

Trevor Ariza had a career-high 23 points and Grant Hill scored 21 for Orlando. Jameer Nelson finished with 21 points and seven assists.

Bucks 113, Wolves 107

MINNEAPOLIS – Mo Williams followed up his first career triple-double in style.

Williams scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Williams, who had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a victory over Miami on Wednesday night, scored six straight points for the Bucks in the final 2 minutes, and Michael Redd sealed the victory with a jumper with 11.4 seconds to play.

Rockets 97, Spurs 78

SAN ANTONIO – Yao Ming scored 22 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Spurs 97-78 Friday night for their first victory in San Antonio in over nine years.

Bonzi Wells scored 15 points and Juwan Howard added 14 for the Rockets, whose last road win over the Spurs was a 103-94 decision on April 20, 1997. Rafer Alston added 12 points and Shane Battier had 10.

San Antonio had won 17 straight home games against the Rockets.

Hornets 100, Grizzlies 97

OKLAHOMA CITY – Desmond Mason scored the go-ahead basket in overtime and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the New Orleans Hornets snap a four-game losing streak with a 100-97 win over Memphis on Friday night.

Marc Jackson added 19 points for the Hornets, who rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and a three-point overtime deficit.

Mason’s basket from underneath the goal with 25.3 seconds left in overtime put New Orleans ahead 98-97. Memphis’ Chucky Atkins threw the ball away with 8.3 seconds left, and Jannero Pargo hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to give the Hornets a three-point lead.

Mavs 115, Clippers 83

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki shook off an injured ankle from Dallas’ previous game to contribute 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Mavericks extended their winning streak to six games with a 115-83 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Josh Howard’s 25 points paced the Mavericks, who also got a season-high 21 points from reserve Devean George.

Kings 101, Nuggets 96

DENVER – Allen Iverson’s opening-night best wasn’t enough to prevent the short-handed Denver Nuggets from losing.

Iverson finished with 22 points and 10 assists, watching the first 8:35 from the bench, then playing the rest of the way in Denver’s 101-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

But the Nuggets only had eight players.


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