Blazers stay hot with road win over Knicks
Published: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 11:39 p.m.
NEW YORK - Thanks in part to a mental meltdown by Allan Houston, the Portland Trail Blazers won for the 10th time in 11 games and finished 4-1 on their latest five-game road trip.
With the Knicks needing a 3-pointer to tie, Houston drove in from the 3-point line and missed a 14-footer with 3 seconds remaining in a 92-89 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
``It's one of those things that's going to be hard not to think about all night,'' Houston said.
Bonzi Wells had 22 points and six rebounds, Rasheed Wallace added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Antonio Daniels added 15 points while replacing Derek Anderson (sprained ankle) in the starting lineup for the second straight game.
The Blazers completed their second five-game road trip in four weeks and headed home with a record of 20-12, leaving them 3 games behind first-place Sacramento in the Pacific Division.
But once in a while, the NBA's youngest starting point guard gets his own ideas.
``I concentrate on playing good defense and I'm always looking for the open man. We have scorers, but sometimes it falls in my head and I feel confident I can score too,'' said Parker, who had 26 points and made 11 of 13 free throws as the visiting Spurs beat the Clippers.
``He was really special,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the 20-year-old Parker. ``He gets us into situations we want to be in. He tells people where they should go if they're in the wrong spot.''
Duncan had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 25th double-double of the season and Popovich earned his 300th victory with the Spurs, the only team he's ever coached in the NBA. Already the team's career leader in victories, Popovich is 300-176 in seven seasons.
Bruce Bowen scored all of his 13 points in the second half for the Spurs, who committed 16 turnovers.
Mashburn scored 22 points as the Hornets beat the Raptors, Toronto's 10th straight loss.
David Wesley added 20 points, P.J. Brown 16, Stacey Augmon and Jamaal Magloire each had 11 and Courtney Alexander 10 for New Orleans, which has won two straight after losing its previous five.
``We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people,'' Wesley said. ``We moved the ball really well.''
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