PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 17 (Ticker) -- Allan Houston
and the rest of the
bench brought the New York Knicks all the way back.
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Houston capped a 19-point fourth-quarter comeback with a
3-pointer that forced overtime and the Knicks rode their
reserves to an emotional 113-107 victory over the Philadelphia
New York (12-11) got 42 points from its bench as it ended
Philadelphia's three-game winning streak and remained atop the
weak Atlantic Division. The 76ers (9-13) let one get away as
they fell to 3-1 in overtime.
The Knicks floundered for more than three quarters and trailed,
90-71, with less than 11 minutes to go. They got back in it
with a 12-1 surge sparked by reserve forward Jerome Williams
who scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and
"It's kind of hard to believe," Williams said. "You turn off
that voice in your head that says that it can't be done and you
got to fight through it."
"All those guys came in and did a great job." guard Jamal Crawford
said. "They lifted our team and changed the complexion
of the game. They got things moving faster. They did a great
job of getting stops and getting baskets."
A basket and two free throws by Stephon Marbury
, who scored 27
points, pulled the Knicks within 99-97 with 52 seconds left.
They looked done after missing three jumpers on one possession
and fouling Willie Green
, who left the door open by making
1-of-2 free throws with 4.6 seconds to go.
That was plenty of time for Houston, a former All-Star playing
just his fifth game since returning from knee surgery. He took
a quick inbounds pass from Williams and drilled a 3-pointer from
the right corner, tying the game with 0.4 seconds left.
"We set up a play where I came off of Steph," said Houston, who
came off the bench to score 15 points. "It was just good
execution on our part. That's the situtation that I love being
"Allan is know for making the big shots, and he's been there
before," Knicks coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He is a great
offensive player. He make a huge difference when he's on the
court and feeling good. We had him (fresh) at the end, and when
he came back in he was big for us."
Houston hit the shot over rookie Andre Iguodala
, who got caught
in a screen.
"We knew that they had to go for a three," 76ers coach Jim
O'Brien said. "We asked everybody to lock and trail. Andre
just got screened off under the basket and allowed to much
The Knicks never trailed in overtime, taking the lead for good
at 107-104 on Williams' dunk and free throw with two minutes to
play. Kurt Thomas
sank four foul shots in the final 44 seconds
to seal the win.
"We didn't want to lose tonight," Marbury said. "I don't think
that losing was anywhere near in our minds."
Thomas had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Crawford scored
14 points for the Knicks, who silenced Allen Iverson during
their comeback, holding the three-time scoring champion without
a point over the last 12-plus minutes.
scored a season-high 26 points but missed a pivotal
free throw in overtime and Iverson added 24 for the Sixers, who
fell to 0-2 against the Knicks.
"We just collapsed. It's as simple as that," Iverson said. "They
wanted it more than us. The bad thing about this whole game is,
we did so many things right. It's going to be tough to rebound
from this mentally, but we have to let this one go."
Through three quarters, Philadelphia shot 54 percent and trailed
for just 39 seconds. It finished at 48 percent (44-of-92).