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Bobcats Top Magic to End Slump at 10

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 22, 2005; Page D03

Brevin Knight hit a running jumper with 12 seconds to play to help the Charlotte Bobcats break their 10-game losing streak with a 102-97 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic last night.

After helping the Bobcats climb out of a 16-point deficit to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter, Knight had to help them squeak out the victory while playing with five fouls.

The Bobcats' Brevin Knight, left, zips past the Magic's Dwight Howard. Knight finished with 19 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. (Chuck Burton -- AP)

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Charlotte led 97-95 after Orlando's Grant Hill made a pair of free throws with 31 seconds to play. The Bobcats called a timeout to draw up a play for Knight, who patiently dribbled at the top of the key while the clock ticked away.

He then beat Jameer Nelson off the dribble and scored over 6-foot-11 Dwight Howard -- no easy task for the 5-10 Knight. Nelson was called for a foul and Knight made the free throw for a 100-95 lead with 12 seconds left.

After DeShawn Stevenson scored for the Magic, Orlando fouled Knight, who made both his free throws to seal the victory.

Knight finished with 19 points, 8 assists and 3 steals.

"He's a floor general," said teammate Emeka Okafor, who had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

KNICKS 88, SPURS 75: Malik Rose made a pair of 18-foot jumpers to complete a 14-0 run to start the fourth quarter, getting a measure of revenge against the team that traded him last month as New York won at home.

Rose had 18 points -- his most since joining the Knicks 10 games ago -- and seven rebounds against the team he spent the past 7 1/2 seasons with, making his first start for New York as Kurt Thomas was sidelined by an infected elbow.

Stephon Marbury scored the Knicks' final 14 points of the third quarter and finished with 31 points and 10 assists despite being guarded by Bruce Bowen, one of the league's best defenders.

New York, trying to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, gained a game on fading Orlando and pulled within 3 1/2 games of eighth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference standings with 17 games remaining.

Devin Brown scored 22 points for the Spurs, who were without Tim Duncan (sprained ankle) and were held to their second-lowest point total of the season.

MAVERICKS 103, HORNETS 86: Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and eight rebounds, and rookie Devin Harris added a season-high 17 points as host Dallas won in Avery Johnson's second game as the Mavericks' coach.

Michael Finley added 16 points and Josh Howard had 15 for Dallas.

BULLS 105, HAWKS 91: Eddy Curry scored 24 points in his return to Chicago's lineup and Ben Gordon added 17 in the home win.

CLIPPERS 96, TRAIL BLAZERS 89: Elton Brand and Corey Maggette scored 22 points each and Chris Kaman had 10 points and 10 rebounds for host Los Angeles.

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