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Knicks take down Sixers with rookie's buzzer beater

New York's Stephon Marbury drives against Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert Saturday.
New York's Stephon Marbury drives against Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert Saturday.
Frank Franklin Ii, Associated Press

After playing poorly in the first half, the New York Knicks went with a smaller lineup and came up with their biggest win of the season.

A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson lifted the Knicks to a 105-102 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Stephon Marbury scored a season-high 33 points and rookie Channing Frye added 21 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter and then squandered a nine-point lead in the fourth.

"We got really aggressive, especially when we went small," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "We got loose balls, we didn't turn the ball over and we got second shots. We really hurt them on the boards."

Allen Iverson had 40 points and 10 assists, and Chris Webber scored 19 points for Philadelphia, which has lost four of five. Webber tipped in Iverson's miss with .6 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

The 76ers, who trailed by six in overtime, tied it on Iverson's 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds remaining. The Knicks pushed the ball up the court and Robinson took a 23-foot jumper from the right side just before the buzzer.

"I just knew if I get it up high enough I would have a good chance of making it," Robinson said. "So I just shot it hard and let it go."

"The sky's the limit for him," Iverson said. "He's a tough guard. He's got the best coach in the world on his side."

New York, outplayed in the first half, outhustled and outworked the 76ers for a key 16 1/2-minute stretch in the second half.

After Kyle Korver's 3-pointer pushed Philadelphia's lead to 63-47 a minute into the third quarter, New York went on an 18-2 run to tie the game at 65 on Marbury's short jumper with 3:27 remaining in the period.

"At halftime, coach got on us because he felt like we had been playing very sloppy," Knicks rookie Channing Frye said. "We got out in the second half and took care of the ball, played some defense and made some shots."

Iverson's 20-footer briefly regained the lead for the Sixers before Marbury hit a 3-pointer to give New York its first lead of the game. Marbury's 22-footer increased the Knicks' lead to 70-67 with 1:53 left in the quarter.

"They made adjustments," Webber said. "They just played better than we did in the second half. But there's no excuse for a (16-point) lead going down like that. It hurts when you play that well together in the first half, and in the second half you don't do it."

New York pushed its lead to 83-74 on Robinson's 3-pointer with more than 5 minutes left in the game. However, Iverson scored 10 points during a 13-4 run to tie the game at 87 with 1:42 left.

The Knicks regained the lead 18 seconds later on a goaltending call on Samuel Dalembert, and Jamal Crawford's turnaround jumper with 47 seconds left gave New York an 91-88 lead.

Webber's hook shot 12 seconds later made it a one-point game, before Marbury followed with a driving layup to make it 93-90 with 19.9 seconds remaining.

"They played better offensively and we did a bad job guarding," Iverson said. "We had a chance to put them away but we have been going through this the last couple of games, having leads and giving them up."

Andre Iguodala's two free throws pulled Philadelphia within 93-92 with 10.8 seconds left.

Crawford made one free throw with 8.7 seconds left, and Webber's tip sent the game to overtime.

TIMBERWOLVES 89, CAVALIERS 85: At Cleveland, Kevin Garnett and Marko Jaric made jumpers in the final minute, barely beating the shot clock both times, as Minnesota beat Cleveland for its first road win.

LeBron James scored a season-high 38 points, but the Cavs shot a season-low 32 percent and lost for the first time in seven games at home. Drew Gooden had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which has dropped two straight following an eight-game winning streak.

Garnett scored 26 points and Troy Hudson 18 — all in the second half — for the Timberwolves, who came in 0-4 away from home. Wally Szczerbiak added 16 points and Eddie Griffin had 12 rebounds for Minnesota.

James didn't get much help from his teammates, as Larry Hughes (3-for-16), Donyell Marshall (0-for-9) and Damon Jones (0-for-6) combined to go 3-for-31 with 13 points — 23 below the trio's average.

HORNETS 105, SUPERSONICS 99: At Seattle, David West scored 21 points in his latest strong performance, and New Orleans won consecutive games for the second time this season by beating Seattle.

The Hornets had six players in double figures, including 17 points and 10 assists from rookie point guard Chris Paul. J.R. Smith added 19 points, nine in the fourth quarter, while reserves Speedy Claxton and Desmond Mason each had 14.

New Orleans, which beat Atlanta and Orlando last week for its first two-game winning streak since 2003, defeated Minnesota on Wednesday and has won four of its last five.

Rashard Lewis led six Seattle players in double figures with 21 points, but Seattle was outscored 34-12 at the free throw line.

MAGIC 80, HEAT 77: At ORLANDO, Fla., Dwight Howard had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Orlando ended an eight-game losing streak against Miami.

Jameer Nelson and Steve Francis went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 12 seconds to help Orlando win its season-high third straight game.

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points and four assists, but the Heat shot a season-low 32 percent in losing for the third time in four games. Alonzo Mourning added 15 points and 21 rebounds, and Jason Williams was the only other Heat player in double figures with 14 points.

Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 points for Orlando. DeShawn Stevenson added 12 and Steve Francis had 10 points and four assists.

BOBCATS 100, WIZARDS 82: At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Charlotte beat Washington for its first victory over its Southeast Division rivals.

Gilbert Arenas, the NBA's third-leading scorer who had 39 points Friday against Detroit, had two points in the second half and finished with 11. He was scoreless in the third quarter, when the Bobcats took control and opened an 11-point lead.

Emeka Okafor also had a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds for Charlotte.

Antawn Jamison had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.

GRIZZLIES 112, MAVERICKS 92: At Dallas, Pau Gasol scored a season-high 36 points and added 15 rebounds and five assists as Memphis snapped Dallas' seven-game winning streak.

Damon Stoudamire added 22 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who've won six of eight and handed the Mavericks their first home loss.

The loss prevented Dallas' Avery Johnson from matching the best regular-season coaching record in NBA history after 30 games. Johnson fell to 25-5 since becoming the coach near the end of last season.

BULLS 94, ROCKETS 89: At Houston, Chicago's Kirk Hinrich made only his second basket of the night with 1:32 left, fouling out Yao Ming in the process, and helping the Bulls to a win over reeling Houston.

Hinrich finished 2-for-10 for four points, but he was the man handling the ball out of a Bulls' timeout and the score tied at 85.

With the Houston crowd cheering as loudly as it has all season during the team's 3-11 start, Hinrich blew past Yao for a layup. Yao slapped Hinrich on the way up and fouled out after scoring a season-high 30 points and doing his best to rally the Rockets from a 75-60 deficit.

PISTONS 85, BUCKS 76: At Milwaukee, Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Detroit held Milwaukee scoreless for more than four minutes late in their victory over the Bucks. Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups each scored 17 for Detroit, which improved to an NBA-best 10-2 a night after a double-overtime loss to Washington.

Michael Redd scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, but missed his final three shots during Milwaukee's dry spell late in the game.