Saturday , Nov , 08 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Team Report – November 8

=== New York Knicks Team Report – November 8 ===

(Sports Network) – Allan Houston scored a season-high 39 points to lead the
New York Knicks to a come-from-behind 114-111 win over the Sacramento Kings at
Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Keith Van Horn added 20 points and 13 boards for New York, which overcame an
11-point fourth-quarter deficit. Kurt Thomas chipped in 17 points and 14
boards as the Knicks outrebounded the Kings by a 47-29 margin and won for the
first time in three tries at home this season.

Charlie Ward’s three-pointer with 7:39 left in the contest drew the Knicks
within one at 93-92 with 7:39 to play in the game. After a timeout and a
missed shot by the Kings, Van Horn drained a shot from behind the arc to give
New York its first lead since the first quarter.

The burst, though, did not end there, as Houston later hit another three to
give the Knicks a 98-93 advantage with just over six minutes to play.

Sacramento later closed within two on a three-pointer by Mike Bibby with 49.4
seconds remaining in the contest. Coming off a timeout, the Knicks received a
clutch shot from Houston. With Doug Christie draped all over him, Houston was
still able to convert a difficult 15-footer to make it 110-106 with just over
30 seconds to play.

Peja Stojakovic then nailed a three-pointer to pull the Kings within one,
but Dikembe Mutombo rebounded a Houston miss with 4.8 seconds to go and
was fouled. He calmly hit both from the line to make it a three-point margin.

The Knicks then purposely fouled Bibby, who made the first and tried to miss
the second. However, his second attempt found its way in the basket to make it
a one-point game at 112-111 with 1.9 seconds left in the game.

Houston was subsequently fouled after New York got the ball inbounds and made
two free throws, as New York finished off the contest by converting 21
straight from the line.

The Knicks will clash with the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at MSG.