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Lin again ignites Knicks

New York moves to 3-0 under interim coach

Associated Press / March 18, 2012
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Jeremy Lin scored 19 points to help the New York Knicks defeat the Pacers, 102-88, Saturday night in Indianapolis, and improve to 3-0 under interim coach Mike Woodson.

Lin also had seven rebounds and six assists. Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire each scored 16 points and J.R. Smith added 11 for the Knicks, who won on the road for just the eighth time this season.

Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Paul George scored 18 points, and Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which made just 4 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter.

Back-to-back 3-point plays by Hibbert cut New York’s lead to 72-70. The Knicks held on and led, 77-74, at the end of the third quarter.

Lin scored on an awkward-looking floater, then made a jumper on the next possession to push New York’s lead back to 86-79. Pacers coach Frank Vogel was issued a technical foul and Anthony made the free throw to push the Knicks’ lead to 8.

Bulls 89, 76ers 80 - C.J. Watson scored 20 points and Joakim Noah added 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Chicago over Philadelphia.

The Bulls overcame an early 14-point deficit without Derrick Rose, who missed his third straight game with a strained groin. Even with the reigning MVP missing 13 games this season, the Bulls still have the best record in the NBA at 37-10. The Bulls are 9-4 without Rose.

Jrue Holiday had 30 points for the 76ers, who dropped their third straight overall. They have lost seven of nine on the road.

Jazz 99, Warriors 92 - Derrick Favors, starting for Al Jefferson, had career highs with 23 points and 17 rebounds to help Utah edge Golden State in overtime in Salt Lake City.

Jefferson, Utah’s leading scorer and rebounder, was attending his grandmother’s funeral in Mississippi.

Favors scored 4 of the first 6 points in overtime and the Jazz claimed their sixth straight home win, and second straight in overtime.

Clippers 95, Rockets 91 - Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points in the final 2:42, including a go-ahead layup with 24.6 seconds left, leading host Los Angeles over Houston.

Blake Griffin had 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4.9 seconds remaining.

Bobcats 107, Raptors 103 - D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and had 11 assists and host Charlotte held off Toronto.

Gerald Henderson added 24 points, Corey Maggette had 21, and Tyrus Thomas had 11 for the Bobcats, who overcame a 15-point deficit in the second quarter.

Mavericks 106, Spurs 99 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points, responding time after time despite being pushed and swatted at to lead Dallas past visiting San Antonio.

Jason Terry added 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois 16 for the Mavericks.

Hornets 102, Nets 94 - Chris Kaman scored 20 points, including a key 23-foot jumper with a second left on the shot clock and 45 seconds left in the game, giving visiting New Orleans the win over New Jersey.

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