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Thomas Plies His Trade

Knicks 113, 76ers 101

Associated Press
Friday, February 25, 2005; Page D08

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 -- Kurt Thomas celebrated the passing of another uneventful trading deadline -- at least for him -- by scoring 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting, leading the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-101, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Thomas also had 12 rebounds, and Tim Thomas scored 27 points for New York.

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Philadelphia, which had only eight players in uniform -- and did not have newly acquired Chris Webber -- was led by 29 points from Allen Iverson. Webber will make his debut Saturday against his old team, the Kings.

New York also was short-handed after trading Nazr Mohammed, Moochie Norris, Vin Baker and Jamison Brewer earlier Thursday.

The Knicks outscored Philadelphia 32-22 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Philadelphia, which needed to have eight players in uniform, brought journeyman Jason Lawson to New York in case an extra body was needed. But Rodney Rogers -- acquired from New Orleans earlier in the day in a three-player trade -- flew to New York aboard Hornets owner George Shinn's private jet and arrived at the arena less than an hour before tip-off, prompting the 76ers to send Lawson home.

Kurt Thomas, the player most frequently mentioned in trade speculation surrounding the Knicks, spoke with Isiah Thomas on the telephone after the 3 p.m. trade deadline had passed, and the Knicks' president reminded him he kept his word by not dealing him away.

"I hear [trade rumors] every year," Kurt Thomas said. "Wouldn't you be interested in what I do out there?"

Five members of the International Olympic Committee's selection delegation, who finished a four-day inspection visit to New York earlier in the day, sat front and center on celebrity row -- the best seats in the house.

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