Allan Houston scored 26 points and Kurt Thomas added 24 points and 13 rebounds last night as the New York Knicks handed the Chicago Bulls their 17th straight road loss, 98-86.

Latrell Sprewell added 16 points for the Knicks, who had not won the second of back-to-back games in seven tries this season. Thomas had his third straight double-double and his 12th of the season.

Jalen Rose scored 23 points and Donyell Marshall added 22 for the Bulls, who have not won on the road since beating Boston in their opener Oct. 30. Jamal Crawford added 15 points and helped Chicago cut the lead in the fourth quarter.

Rookie Jay Williams went 0 for 7 and had four turnovers, including three late in the third quarter. At the end of the period, the point guard slammed his fist on the scorer's table and put his head in his hands. He did not return to the game.

"It sure wasn't happening for me tonight," Williams said. "I was horrible."

Charlie Ward stole a pass from Crawford and made a layup, and Houston made a three-pointer to push the Knicks' lead to 85-65 with 10 minutes 5 seconds remaining.

However, the lead did not go unchallenged.

Marshall dunked, Rose made a three-pointer and a jumper and Crawford made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 89-79 with 5:07 left. Crawford cut the lead to seven points by blocking Ward's three-point attempt and completing a three-point play with 3:34 remaining. However, Houston made a three-pointer to push the lead back to 10 with 2:17 left.

* HEAT 88, PISTONS 85: Caron Butler scored 22 points and host Miami survived last-minute jitters to snap a season-high six-game losing streak.

The Heat won despite missing 6 of 8 free throws in the final 1:05. Detroit's Jon Barry was short with a fallaway 30-footer at the buzzer that would have forced an overtime.

Miami snapped the Pistons' five-game road winning streak, and the Heat did it without starters Eddie Jones and Travis Best, still sidelined by right ankle sprains. Jones has missed six games and Best seven and, while both are day-to-day, they are expected to miss tonight's game at Indiana.

* SPURS 108, SUNS 100: Tim Duncan scored a season-high 38 points and added 16 rebounds and nine assists to lift San Antonio at home in overtime. Phoenix was led by Stephon Marbury with 29 points.

The Spurs never trailed after the third quarter, but Marbury's three-pointer with three seconds left in the fourth quarter forced the overtime with the teams tied at 94. But it was no contest thereafter with Duncan leading San Antonio to a 102-96 lead with 2:03 to play in the extra session.

* BUCKS 97, HAWKS 88: Sam Cassell and Ray Allen scored 21 points to lead Milwaukee at home. The Bucks have a season-best three-game winning streak.