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Knicks Blow Big Lead, but Win in OT

Associated Press
Tuesday, March 1, 2005; Page D04

Tim Thomas scored a season-high 35 points, and the New York Knicks recovered after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 46 seconds of regulation to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-115, in overtime last night at Madison Square Garden.

The victory was the third straight for the Knicks, matching their longest winning streak of the season.


Cavaliers' Ira Newble battles for a rebound against the Spurs' against Robert Horry. (Tony Dejak -- AP)

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Kobe Bryant forced overtime by making a three-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in regulation, but he couldn't come up with another big play at the end.

The Lakers had a chance for the final shot, but Bryant passed to Luke Walton on the left side of the key, and Walton tossed the ball back to Bryant rather than taking a shot. Bryant wasn't expecting the pass and fumbled it briefly -- just enough time for Kurt Thomas to recover and block Bryant's look at the basket.

Bryant tried to dribble a few steps away for a buzzer-beater, but the clock ran out. He spiked the ball to the floor and shot an angry glance at Walton.

"It was a mix-up in communication," Bryant said. "I kicked it to Luke and thought he had a pretty good look. He fired it back to me and I bobbled it."

• SPURS 94, CAVALIERS 92: Tim Duncan made a 19-foot jumper just before the final horn sounded, lifting visiting San Antonio.

Duncan missed his first seven shots and didn't score in the game's first 19 minutes. But with the game on the line, he took a pass from Tony Parker and sank his shot without a hand in his face.

• MAVERICKS 90, HORNETS 86: Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, including a key jumper and two free throws in the final minute, and host Dallas hung on to win.

JAZZ 87, CLIPPERS 86: Mehmet Okur converted a three-point play with 22 seconds remaining and Utah held on to win at home when Los Angeles' Bobby Simmons missed a layup at the buzzer.


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