Knicks get win without All-Star

The Nets’ Brook Lopez shoots over Timofey Mozgov during the second quarter of a 105-95 loss to the Knicks. New York played without Amare Stoudemire due to a sprained right big toe.

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The Nets’ Brook Lopez shoots over Timofey Mozgov during the second quarter of a 105-95 loss to the Knicks. New York played without Amare Stoudemire due to a sprained right big toe.

NEWARK, N.J. — Wilson Chandler replaced the injured Amare Stoudemire in the lineup and scored 21 to help the Knicks beat the Nets 105-95 Saturday and avoid falling below .500.

Reserve Toney Douglas, a former Florida State standout, added 19 points and Landry Fields 14, including three 3-pointers during the fourth, as New York won for just the second time in six games.

Stoudemire, an All-Star and the Knicks' leading scorer and league's third-leading scorer at 26.2 points per game, missed his first game of the season with a sprained right big toe and is day to day. But the Knicks overcame his absence by making 16 3-pointers, including Chand­ler's that gave them the lead for good with 4:08 left.

Devin Harris scored 22 for New Jersey, which sought its first three-game win streak in two years.

The game drew an announced crowd of 18,711, the Nets' first sellout of the season in their temporary home at the Prudential Center (before they move to Brooklyn, N.Y, for the 2012-13 season). But it was mostly a pro-Knicks crowd that cheered loudly for the visitors as they took control in the closing minutes.

Fields made a 3-pointer during an 11-2 run, another for a 93-89 lead with 2:52 left and another for a 99-91 lead with 48 seconds left.

Game highlights: Stephen Jackson scored 32, including a last-second jumper over two defenders that gave the Bobcats an 88-86 victory over the Hawks. After the shot went through, Jackson hopped onto the scorer's table before running off the court yelling, "That's what I do!" Charlotte overcame a 22-point deficit to win in Atlanta for the first time since 2007.

Miami seeks to prove itself today at Boston

MIAMI — When Miami visits Boston today, it will try to stay atop the Eastern Conference and extend the league's longest current win streak to nine.

And those are the secondary goals.

To the Heat, what matters most is finding a way to beat the reigning East champ. Miami is 0-2 against Boston this season and lost to it in the first round of last season's playoffs in five games. After that, Boston ousted current Heat star LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

"We just want to see where we're at," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "It's not as big as everyone seems to be making it. But it's not another regular-season game."

No, it isn't — not with these stakes.

A Boston win clinches the season series — and the tiebreaker — and moves it back on top of the East. Miami moved a half-game ahead with Friday's win at Detroit.

"We're still trying to get better every day," said James, second in the league at 26.2 points per game. "We're taking every practice and every regular-season game like it is the playoffs because we can't afford to lose an opportunity to get better."

On the first day of the season, Oct. 26, Boston defeated Miami 88-80 at home. Then on Nov. 11, Boston won 112-107 at Miami.

"Now we're sitting on top of the East going into a hostile place where we did not play well the first game of the year," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

"This is what everybody — the fans, the media and everybody out there — this is what they want."

The last time Miami led the East was during the second week of January. And as soon as the Heat reached the top spot, it plummeted. Miami lost four straight. Boston simultaneously won five in a row, and the gap between the two was sizable once again.

It disappeared quickly. Miami brings an eight-game win streak into today's game while the Celtics suddenly look vulnerable after losing four of their past seven.

"I don't think (the Celtics) care about that," Spoelstra said. "They have confidence in what they've done. They've proven themselves. I'm sure if they're sitting over there, they feel like they have enough to beat us."

Around the league: Manu Ginobili was replaced by George Hill in the Spurs' lineup, the first change to their starting five this season. Ginobili had started the first 53 games with fellow guard Tony Parker, forwards Richard Jefferson and Tim Duncan and center DeJuan Blair. Coach Greg Popovich did not say why the change was made. … Hawks center and former Gator Al Horford returned after missing two games with a back injury. The All-Star fell hard on a flagrant foul by the Clippers' Blake Griffin. … Wizards forward Rashard Lewis sat with a sore right knee and is day to day.

Knicks 105, Nets 95

NEW YORK (105): Gallinari 2-5 2-2 7, Chandler 8-21 2-2 21, Mozgov 2-6 2-2 6, Felton 4-13 4-4 13, Fields 5-7 1-2 14, Williams 3-11 0-0 8, Douglas 8-13 0-2 19, Turiaf 1-4 4-4 6, Walker 4-6 0-0 11. Totals 37-86 15-18 105.

NEW JERSEY (95): Outlaw 0-4 2-2 2, Favors 3-10 3-6 9, Lopez 6-14 7-9 19, Harris 7-13 7-9 22, Morrow 3-9 0-0 8, Vujacic 5-9 3-4 15, Humphries 4-8 0-0 8, Farmar 5-10 0-1 12, Petro 0-1 0-0 0, Ross 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-79 22-31 95.

New York 27 32 13 33— 105

New Jersey 21 33 14 27— 95

3-Point GoalsNew York 16-34 (Fields 3-4, Walker 3-4, Douglas 3-6, Chandler 3-6, Williams 2-6, Gallinari 1-2, Felton 1-6), New Jersey 7-14 (Morrow 2-2, Vujacic 2-5, Farmar 2-6, Harris 1-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 50 (Chandler, Gallinari 8), New Jersey 57 (Favors 14). AssistsNew York 25 (Felton 11), New Jersey 15 (Vujacic 4). Total FoulsNew York 26, New Jersey 20. A18,711 (18,500).

Bobcats 88, Hawks 86

CHARLOTTE (88): Diaw 1-5 0-0 2, Wallace 6-15 0-0 16, K.Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Augustin 1-6 2-2 4, Jackson 12-24 7-8 32, Mohammed 2-5 1-1 5, Livingston 8-13 6-6 22, Najera 1-3 0-2 2, Henderson 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 33-78 17-21 88.

ATLANTA (86): Smith 11-17 4-7 28, Horford 8-15 0-0 16, J.Collins 1-1 2-2 4, Bibby 4-10 0-0 11, Johnson 4-14 3-3 11, Ja.Crawford 1-9 0-0 2, Evans 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 1-7 0-0 2, Pachulia 3-8 4-4 10, Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-82 15-18 86.

Charlotte 27 12 29 20— 88

Atlanta 27 25 20 14— 86

3-Point GoalsCharlotte 5-19 (Wallace 4-6, Jackson 1-6, Najera 0-1, Augustin 0-3, Diaw 0-3), Atlanta 5-23 (Bibby 3-8, Smith 2-4, Williams 0-1, Evans 0-1, Ja.Crawford 0-4, Johnson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsCharlotte 49 (Wallace 13), Atlanta 52 (Horford 10). AssistsCharlotte 24 (Wallace 7), Atlanta 26 (Ja.Crawford 7). Total FoulsCharlotte 17, Atlanta 19. TechnicalsLivingston. A16,948 (18,729).

Knicks get win without All-Star 02/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:22pm]

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