Knick takes on fans


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Knicks forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without a scuffle Wednesday night during the Chicago Bulls' 106-104 overtime victory against New York.
Ben Gordon hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer and scored 32 points for the Bulls.
"I saw my wife being threatened," Davis said in a statement issued immediately after the game. "I felt I had to act. I did not have enough time to alert security."
He did not elaborate on why he jumped over the scorers' table during a timeout in overtime and ascended about 10 rows of seats to join his wife in the stands. There was no physical confrontation, but several people were pointing and shouting for a few moments before security arrived and Davis was ejected.
A group of people in the area were later escorted away by United Center security.
Knicks coach Larry Brown said Davis went into the stands because he saw his wife "falling back," but didn't elaborate.
Brown, coach of the Pistons when an ugly fight broke out in the stands last year between fans and Indiana Pacers players during a Detroit home game, was adamant that this situation should be viewed differently.
"Come on, that's his wife," Brown said. "That's entirely different. I was worried about Kendra. That's why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.
"That thing that happened in the stands had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned about his family."
Gordon hit his winning shot after New York's Jamal Crawford tied it at 104 with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left. After a timeout, Gordon caught the inbounds pass near the top of the key and hit a jumper over Trevor Ariza, bringing a wild game to an end.
MAGIC 106, WIZARDS 98: Steve Francis had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his first game back from a two-game suspension to lead Orlando over Washington.
Francis was suspended by the team for refusing to re-enter a blowout game late in the fourth quarter. He came off the bench against the Wizards for the third time in his six-year NBA career.
He entered with 4:01 left in the first quarter to a mixed reaction from the crowd. Two minutes later, his no-look, behind-the-back pass on a fast break for a Hedo Turkoglu dunk put the crowd back on his side.
The Magic played without Grant Hill, who'll be out at least another week because of continued abdominal pain. Hill has now missed six of the last eight games after returning from sports hernia surgery last month.
NETS 101, 76ERS 90: Vince Carter scored 31 points and had 10 assists to lead New Jersey.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 36 points and Chris Webber had 15.
Iverson came up limping late in the fourth quarter when he appeared to knock knees with Jason Collins on a driving layup. Iverson hobbled around the court, rubbed his right leg, but remained in the game.
PACERS 98, BOBCATS 92: Anthony Johnson scored 16 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead Indiana.
PISTONS 117, HAWKS 89: Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Richard Hamilton added 21 to help Detroit win the matchup of the NBA's best and worst records.
The Pistons have won five in a row - all by double-digit margins - to boost their record to 31-5. Atlanta fell to 10-27.
Detroit got rolling in the second quarter, led by backup guard Maurice Evans. He scored 12 of his 14 points in the period, including a pair of 3-pointers that helped the Pistons run away from the hapless Hawks.
CELTICS 103, TIMBERWOLVES 96: Paul Pierce scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics rallied to get the victory.
HORNETS 87, GRIZZLIES 79: David West had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win its fourth straight.

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