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James, Raptors a big pain for NY

In a season where little has gone right, chalk up one huge wrong for the New York Knicks.

Rookie Channing Frye left the Knicks' 114-109 loss to visiting Toronto last night with a sprained left knee ligament -- an injury caused when teammate Nate Robinson seemed to knock Andre Barrett into him.

Barrett was racing upcourt with the ball with a little more than 9 1/2 minutes left when Robinson, chasing him from behind, appeared to try to swipe the ball away. Barrett lost his balance and fell into Frye's left leg.

''I apologized to him like 100 times already," Robinson said. ''I definitely took full responsibility of what I did. Hopefully it's minor because I would hate for me to be the one to hurt his career or anything like that."

Frye, one of the few bright spots for the Knicks (19-47), was helped to the locker room and X-rays were negative. He will remain in New York for testing instead of traveling with the team for tonight's game in Orlando.

Mike James scored 37 points, 1 shy of his season high, and Chris Bosh added 31 as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games. James helped Toronto pull away in the third quarter, then Bosh carried the Raptors while James was quiet for most of the fourth.

Charlie Villanueva had 15 points for Toronto, who take on the Celtics tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.

Frye finished with 19 points. Jamal Crawford (16 points), Qyntel Woods (15), and Robinson (12) led a strong bench effort as the Knicks tried to rally.

In a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams, neither led by more than 6 until James helped the Raptors pull away late in the third quarter.

His 3-pointer gave Toronto a 73-67 lead, and after Frye made a 3-point play, Morris Peterson answered with another 3 to keep the Raptors ahead by 6.

Nets 112, Wizards 100 -- Richard Jefferson scored 21 of his 27 points after halftime, and visiting New Jersey broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter for a win in Washington for its sixth consecutive victory.

Jefferson shot 11 for 15 overall, including 4 for 4 in the final period when New Jersey outscored Washington, 41-30. That's the most points the Wizards have allowed in a quarter this season.

Vince Carter scored 28 points -- topping 20 for the 11th game in a row -- while Jason Kidd had 14 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds in his matchup with Gilbert Arenas.

Washington's All-Star point guard held his own last night, finishing with 25 points and 8 assists before fouling out.

Caron Butler also scored 25 for the Wizards, and Antawn Jamison had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Hornets 120, Clippers 108 -- Rasual Butler scored a career-high 32 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and host New Orleans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.

New Orleans hit 12 3-pointers in all, the last at the final buzzer when Butler heaved the ball at the hoop in celebration and it went in.

New Orleans fans, taking in only the third and final Hornets game in New Orleans this season because of Hurricane Katrina, were exuberant throughout in seeing their first pro sports victory in over a year. They offered a prolonged standing ovation as the game ended.

Jazz 107, Suns 99 -- Andrei Kirilenko had 22 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the second half as Utah rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat visiting Phoenix.

Steve Nash had 20 points and 10 assists to lead the Suns, who were just 12 for 46 from the floor in the second half and lost consecutive games for the first time in almost two months.

Kings 105, Sonics 96 -- Ron Artest scored a season-high 34 points as Sacramento earned its 14th straight home win, tied for fourth longest in franchise history.

Since Artest joined the team in late January, the Kings are 11-0 at home with him in the lineup and 16-9 overall. Artest made 10 of 18 shots, hit 11 of 15 free throws, and added 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Timberwolves 100, Heat 96 -- Ricky Davis had 26 points, a season-high 10 assists, and 7 rebounds to lead Minnesota over an undermanned Miami team, snapping the Heat's five-game winning streak in Minneapolis.

Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 8 assists to lead the Heat, who lost for just the second time in 17 games.

Mavericks 88, Rockets 72 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points and host Dallas harassed Yao Ming into his worst game in a month in a victory over Houston.

Yao finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. It was his fewest points in 15 games, since scoring only 6 in nine minutes against Phoenix on Feb. 16.

Spurs 107, Warriors 96 -- Tony Parker scored 29 points and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio over visiting Golden State.

Bobcats 108, Magic 102 -- Gerald Wallace scored 27 points and Charlotte sent Orlando to its team-record 16th straight road loss.

Grizzlies 105, Pacers 75 -- Pau Gasol had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists to help host Memphis beat Indiana.

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