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Knicks go long way for game, rest

NEW YORK — The injury-plagued Knicks welcome a week with just one game. The only catch is they had to travel to London for it.

That's fine with the Knicks, who were focused more on the time off than the time change before going overseas for their game against the Detroit Pistons.

The Knicks left Monday night and the game isn't until Thursday. They return home Friday and don't play again until next Monday, getting some coveted recovery time near the midpoint of their season.

"I think the NBA did a great job with the way they scheduled it, getting us over there three days early, give us a chance to get acclimated to London, and then coming back having some days off as well," Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony said.

Anthony and Knicks center Tyson Chandler will be back on the O2 Arena floor, where they won gold with the U.S. men's Olympic team.

Though the sport lags well behind soccer and perhaps a few others in popularity in Britain, the NBA is serious about its overseas plans.

"We understand, I think just if you're going to pick little things that (commissioner) David Stern has said about the future of the NBA and the future of basketball, it'd be hard to think that the NBA at some point won't expand overseas," Knicks forward Steve Novak said.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30, including 12 straight to start the fourth quarter, as the visiting Clippers beat the Rockets 117-109 despite missing star point guard Chris Paul (bruised right kneecap). … Brook Lopez had 22 points and Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 as the host Nets extended their season-high winning streak to seven, 113-106 over the Raptors. … Wilson Chandler hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in overtime as the Nuggets beat the visiting Trail Blazers 115-111.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said he has been assured he will get to present the Board of Governors with a counter offer to a proposed deal that could move the team to Seattle, the Seattle Times reported. Johnson, a former NBA All-Star, said he is continuing to develop a plan to keep the team where it has played since 1985. … Minnesota's Kevin Love is expected to return in March after surgery on his broken right hand.

Clippers 117, Rockets 109

L.A. CLIPPERS (117): Butler 0-1 1-1 1, Griffin 7-13 5-5 19, Jordan 4-6 1-2 9, Bledsoe 7-12 4-4 19, Green 5-6 3-3 15, Barnes 6-14 3-4 18, Odom 1-4 0-0 2, Crawford 11-20 3-3 30, Hill 1-2 2-4 4, Turiaf 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-78 22-26 117.

HOUSTON (109): Parsons 7-10 1-2 17, Patterson 2-5 0-0 5, Asik 3-6 1-3 7, Lin 5-11 1-2 12, Harden 8-20 5-6 23, Morris 4-9 1-4 12, Smith 3-3 0-0 6, Douglas 3-6 0-2 7, Delfino 5-10 4-4 16, Motiejunas 0-1 1-2 1, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Beverley 1-1 0-0 3, Aldrich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 14-25 109.

L.A. Clippers 28 30 32 27— 117

Houston 29 30 18 32— 109

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 11-19 (Crawford 5-7, Barnes 3-6, Green 2-3, Bledsoe 1-1, Butler 0-1, Odom 0-1), Houston 13-37 (Morris 3-6, Parsons 2-4, Delfino 2-7, Harden 2-9, Beverley 1-1, Douglas 1-2, Patterson 1-3, Lin 1-4, Motiejunas 0-1). ReboundsL.A. Clippers 44 (Odom 11), Houston 48 (Asik 9). AssistsL.A. Clippers 21 (Griffin 8), Houston 25 (Lin 10). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 21, Houston 23. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers Coach Del Negro, Griffin, Odom, L.A. Clippers defensive three second, Houston defensive three second. A16,823 (18,023).

Nets 113, Raptors 106

TORONTO (106): Fields 4-6 0-0 8, Davis 6-10 0-0 12, Gray 2-5 2-2 6, Calderon 6-11 0-0 15, DeRozan 5-15 2-2 12, A.Johnson 6-7 3-6 15, Anderson 0-4 2-3 2, Lowry 5-7 7-7 21, Ross 2-9 0-0 4, Acy 2-2 2-2 6, Lucas 2-6 1-1 5. Totals 40-82 19-23 106.

BROOKLYN (113): Bogans 3-5 0-0 7, Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Lopez 6-12 10-10 22, Williams 6-13 8-8 21, J.Johnson 9-18 1-1 21, Blatche 7-10 0-0 14, Stackhouse 0-1 0-0 0, Humphries 0-1 0-0 0, Brooks 3-5 1-3 7, Watson 2-5 4-4 9, Teletovic 3-8 1-2 10, James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-81 25-28 113.

Toronto 27 23 26 30— 106

Brooklyn 27 27 29 30— 113

3-Point GoalsToronto 7-13 (Lowry 4-5, Calderon 3-4, Anderson 0-1, Ross 0-3), Brooklyn 8-21 (Teletovic 3-6, J.Johnson 2-5, Watson 1-1, Bogans 1-3, Williams 1-5, Stackhouse 0-1). ReboundsToronto 50 (Fields 11), Brooklyn 40 (Lopez 9). AssistsToronto 21 (Calderon, Fields 5), Brooklyn 22 (Williams 7). Total FoulsToronto 21, Brooklyn 21. A16,236 (17,732).

Hornets 111, 76ers 99

NEW ORLEANS (111): Aminu 2-4 1-2 5, Davis 4-6 2-3 10, Lopez 4-9 0-0 8, Vasquez 10-18 0-1 23, Gordon 7-13 3-4 19, Henry 4-7 2-2 11, Mason 3-4 0-0 7, Anderson 5-11 2-2 14, Smith 3-7 0-0 6, Rivers 0-1 1-2 1, Roberts 2-3 2-2 7. Totals 44-83 13-18 111.

PHILADELPHIA (99): Turner 5-12 3-4 14, T.Young 6-18 0-1 12, Allen 4-5 0-0 8, Holiday 10-17 5-5 29, Richardson 2-5 0-0 5, Hawes 2-6 0-0 5, Ivey 1-1 0-0 3, Wilkins 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 2-6 2-2 7, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, N.Young 6-9 0-1 14. Totals 39-82 10-13 99.

New Orleans 35 18 33 25— 111

Philadelphia 28 19 21 31— 99

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 10-18 (Vasquez 3-4, Gordon 2-3, Anderson 2-6, Mason 1-1, Roberts 1-2, Henry 1-2), Philadelphia 11-21 (Holiday 4-5, N.Young 2-4, Ivey 1-1, Hawes 1-2, Turner 1-2, Richardson 1-3, Wright 1-4). ReboundsNew Orleans 54 (Anderson 9), Philadelphia 36 (Turner 7). AssistsNew Orleans 22 (Vasquez 9), Philadelphia 28 (Holiday 11). Total FoulsNew Orleans 18, Philadelphia 21. A17,304 (20,328).

Pacers 103, Bobcats 76

INDIANA (103): George 7-16 0-2 16, West 6-13 3-4 15, Hibbert 5-11 8-8 18, Hill 6-11 2-2 16, Stephenson 3-6 0-1 7, T.Hansbrough 2-5 5-5 9, Green 1-7 1-2 3, Mahinmi 0-2 4-4 4, Augustin 2-4 0-0 6, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Pendergraph 2-6 0-0 4, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0, B.Hansbrough 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 36-87 23-28 103.

CHARLOTTE (76): Kidd-Gilchrist 1-5 2-3 4, Warrick 2-4 0-0 4, Biyombo 2-6 1-2 5, Walker 6-9 0-0 13, Henderson 3-10 8-12 15, Haywood 1-3 0-0 2, Adrien 1-3 2-2 4, Taylor 1-6 2-2 5, Gordon 3-9 1-1 7, Sessions 3-10 7-8 13, Diop 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 25-72 23-30 76.

Indiana 27 23 33 20— 103

Charlotte 20 20 17 19— 76

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-22 (Augustin 2-3, Hill 2-4, George 2-7, B.Hansbrough 1-1, Stephenson 1-3, Green 0-4), Charlotte 3-9 (Henderson 1-1, Walker 1-1, Taylor 1-4, Sessions 0-1, Williams 0-2). ReboundsIndiana 69 (George 10), Charlotte 41 (Biyombo, Adrien 6). AssistsIndiana 25 (Stephenson 6), Charlotte 13 (Henderson 3). Total FoulsIndiana 24, Charlotte 23. TechnicalsGeorge, Indiana defensive three second. A12,996 (19,077).

Nuggets 115, Trail Blazers 111, OT

PORTLAND (111): Batum 8-17 4-6 22, Aldridge 10-21 8-8 28, Hickson 7-8 5-5 19, Lillard 6-15 1-2 16, Matthews 6-13 0-0 14, Babbitt 1-3 0-0 3, Barton 3-7 1-2 7, Price 1-3 0-0 2, Freeland 0-1 0-0 0, Jeffries 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-88 19-23 111.

DENVER (115): Gallinari 8-14 6-8 25, Faried 9-12 3-3 21, Koufos 4-6 0-0 8, Lawson 10-19 2-4 24, Iguodala 4-16 0-3 9, Chandler 5-13 1-1 13, Brewer 3-6 0-0 7, McGee 2-7 0-0 4, A.Miller 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 47-99 12-19 115.

Portland 35 22 19 23 12— 111

Denver 33 21 27 18 16— 115

3-Point GoalsPortland 8-27 (Lillard 3-5, Matthews 2-7, Batum 2-9, Babbitt 1-3, Price 0-1, Barton 0-2), Denver 9-25 (Gallinari 3-6, Chandler 2-4, Lawson 2-5, Brewer 1-3, Iguodala 1-5, A.Miller 0-2). Fouled OutMcGee. ReboundsPortland 61 (Hickson 13), Denver 48 (Faried 11). AssistsPortland 25 (Batum 7), Denver 31 (Lawson 12). Total FoulsPortland 20, Denver 23. A15,521 (19,155).

Knicks go long way for game, rest 01/15/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:22am]

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