Crawford torches Miami with 52
Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
NEW YORK — Jamal Crawford connected on 16 straight shots from the field and scored a career-high 52 points, leading New York over Miami 116-96.
Four nights after allowing 27 consecutive points in an embarrassing loss to a Miami team that was without Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, the Knicks took control with a run that was nearly as spectacular.
Crawford missed his first four shots, then didn't misfire again until 2:16 remained in the third quarter. The Knicks had a 20-point lead by then on their way to snapping a two-game skid.
Crawford finished 20-of-30 from the field and 8-for-10 from 3-point range, helping the Knicks shoot 53.6 percent. He left to a standing ovation with 6:51 remaining.
Wade scored 37 points for the Heat, who lost for the fourth time in five games. O'Neal scored 11 in 15 minutes. He rejoined the starting lineup in his second game back after missing 35 in a row because of knee surgery. Alonzo Mourning was inactive because of flulike symptoms.
Stephon Marbury returned from a sore knee and had a season-high 13 assists for the Knicks.
SUNS 98, BUCKS 90
Raja Bell scored 27 points to lead all five Phoenix starters in double figures, and the visiting Suns set a franchise record with their 16th straight victory.
Shawn Marion grabbed 23 rebounds and Steve Nash had 16 assists for the seemingly unstoppable Suns, who have won 32 of 34 overall. They had a 15-game winning streak earlier this season, a run that ended with a 144-139 overtime loss to Washington on Dec. 22.
Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points, Nash had 18, Marion 11 and Boris Diaw 11 for Phoenix.
Milwaukee, which has lost six straight, was led by Charlie Bell with 21 points.
WIZARDS 99, PISTONS 96
Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 35 points and Gilbert Arenas had 25 to help visiting Washington hold off Detroit.
Jamison, who had a pair of three-point plays midway through the fourth quarter, made a 3-pointer with 50.1 seconds left to give the Wizards a 95-94 lead.
Richard Hamilton scored 27 points for the Pistons and Billups had 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter.
SPURS 112, GRIZZLIES 96
Tim Duncan had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best nine blocked shots, leading host San Antonio past Memphis.
Tony Parker added 18 points and Manu Ginobili 17 for the Spurs, who won for the eighth time in 11 games. Michael Finley had 15 points and Brent Barry 13.
Hakim Warrick scored 27 points to pace the Grizzlies, who played without center Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) and dropped to 11-33 — the worst record in the NBA. Eddie Jones had 17 points.
San Antonio squandered a 15-point halftime lead and fell behind early in the fourth quarter before going on a game-clinching 19-3 run to win their last home game before a three-week road trip.
CAVALIERS 105, 76ERS 97
Drew Gooden scored 21 points, Larry Hughes added 16 and visiting Cleveland relied on a balanced offense without injured LeBron James, rallying from 17 points down to beat Philadelphia.
Donyell Marshall had 17 points and nine assists and Damon Jones finished with 15 points for the Cavaliers, who had dropped five of six — including a double-overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Daniel Gibson stepped up for Cleveland, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter.
The loss spoiled another balanced effort by the 76ers and a triple-double for Andre Miller, who grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with 12 points and 13 assists.
Andre Iguodala finished with 22 points Philadelphia, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
James missed his first game of the season because of a sore big toe on his right foot. Cleveland coach Mike Brown said early Friday that he expects James to be available for Sunday's home game against Phoenix.
RAPTORS 96, CELTICS 90
Chris Bosh had 26 points and Anthony Parker added a career-high 23 to lead host Toronto past injury-riddled Boston.
The Raptors went on a 19-0 fourth-quarter run as the Celtics went more than six minutes without scoring.
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost 10 straight — their longest skid since losing 10 in a row from March 20 to April 7 in 2000.
HORNETS 88, KINGS 84
Desmond Mason scored 24 points and Bobby Jackson added 15 against his former team to help host New Orleans hold off Sacramento.
Devin Brown, filling in for injured guard Chris Paul, scored 14 for New Orleans. He hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock ticked down and a clutch free throw, both in the final 30 seconds, to thwart a Mike Bibby-led charge by the Kings.
Bibby and Kevin Martin each scored 21 points for the Kings, who tied it at 82 with about 1:30 to go.
Guard Stephen Jackson violated his probation in Michigan when Indiana prosecutors charged him with firing a gun outside a strip club, a judge ruled.
Jackson was serving probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in the 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills. He is charged in Indiana with criminal recklessness — a felony — and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
Jackson, who was traded to Golden State earlier this month, faces up to 30 days in jail on the probation violation.
Coach Eric Musselman pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested in October after his team won its preseason home opener.
Musselman must pay $580 in fines and penalties, said Lana Wyant, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. He was ordered to spend 48 hours on a work project and participate in a first-offender program.
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