New Knicks coach stays perfect

Guard Jeremy Lin, who records 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, tries to block the shot of Pacers guard Paul George during the second half of the Knicks’ 102-88 win.

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Guard Jeremy Lin, who records 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, tries to block the shot of Pacers guard Paul George during the second half of the Knicks’ 102-88 win.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeremy Lin scored 19 to help the Knicks beat the Pacers 102-88 on Saturday and improve to 3-0 under interim coach Mike Woodson.

Lin also had seven rebounds and six assists while Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire each scored 16 for New York.

The Knicks, who had lost six in a row before the current win streak, have won the three games by an average of 23.7 points since Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni, who resigned Wednesday.

Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana.

Consecutive 3-point plays by Hibbert cut New York's lead to 72-70. It trailed 77-74 at the end of the third but made just 4 of 15 shots in the fourth.

Lin scored on a floater and made a jumper on the next possession to push New York's lead to 86-79. Pacers coach Frank Vogel got a technical foul, and Anthony made the free throw to push the Knicks' lead to eight.

New York pulled away from there, leading by as many as 16. Lin scored eight during the fourth.

Game highlights: Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 during the final 2:42 to lead the host Clippers past the Rockets 95-91. Down six, the point guard's 16-footer and four free throws tied it at 87. Another jumper tied it at 89. A layup with 24.6 seconds left put Los Angeles ahead. And he sealed it with two free throws with 3.6 seconds left. … D.J. Augustin had 23 points and 11 assists as the host Bobcats beat the Raptors 107-103. Charlotte trailed by 15 in the second quarter then led by as many as 16 in the fourth.

Around the league: Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose missed his third game because of a strained groin. It's the 13th game this season Rose has missed. The Bulls, who are uncertain when he will return, entered Saturday's play 8-4 without him. … Raptors guard Jose Calderon missed his fifth game because of a sprained right ankle sustained March 10 against the Pistons. Coach Dwane Casey said Calderon could return this week. … Golden State guard Stephen Curry missed his fourth game because of a sprained right ankle. He remains day to day. … Forward Al Jefferson, Utah's leading scorer and rebounder, missed Saturday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi. … Mavericks forward Shawn Marion sat with a sore left knee.

Knicks 102, Pacers 88

NEW YORK (102): Anthony 6-13 3-7 16, Stoudemire 4-8 8-8 16, Chandler 3-5 2-2 8, Lin 6-10 7-8 19, Fields 3-7 3-4 9, Smith 4-12 0-0 11, Jeffries 1-5 4-4 6, Shumpert 1-6 4-7 6, Bibby 2-5 0-0 5, Novak 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 32-77 31-40 102.

INDIANA (88): Granger 5-15 0-0 11, West 1-4 1-2 3, Hibbert 8-13 8-9 24, Collison 6-16 3-4 15, George 6-13 4-5 18, Hansbrough 2-4 1-1 5, Hill 1-7 1-2 4, Amundson 0-0 0-0 0, Price 1-5 2-4 4, Jones 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 32-79 20-27 88.

New York 33 27 17 25— 102

Indiana 35 16 23 14— 88

3-Point GoalsNew York 7-24 (Smith 3-8, Novak 2-6, Bibby 1-2, Anthony 1-4, Shumpert 0-1, Lin 0-1, Fields 0-2), Indiana 4-19 (George 2-5, Hill 1-5, Granger 1-6, Collison 0-1, Price 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 58 (Chandler 9), Indiana 50 (Hibbert 12). AssistsNew York 16 (Lin 6), Indiana 16 (George 4). Total FoulsNew York 22, Indiana 26. TechnicalsHill, Indiana Coach Vogel. A18,165 (18,165).

Clippers 95, Rockets 91

HOUSTON (91): Budinger 8-14 1-1 19, Scola 4-14 2-5 10, Dalembert 4-5 0-0 8, Dragic 4-10 3-3 11, Lee 9-14 3-3 25, Morris 1-3 2-2 4, Patterson 5-11 4-4 14, Fortson 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-72 15-18 91.

L.A. CLIPPERS (95): Butler 4-15 2-2 11, Griffin 7-13 4-6 18, Jordan 2-5 2-3 6, Paul 7-16 8-8 23, Foye 6-17 2-2 15, Evans 0-1 1-4 1, Williams 5-11 0-0 11, Ken.Martin 3-5 0-2 7, Simmons 1-3 0-0 3, Bledsoe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-86 19-27 95.

Houston 23 24 19 25— 91

L.A. Clippers 19 20 30 26— 95

3-Point GoalsHouston 6-20 (Lee 4-9, Budinger 2-6, Morris 0-2, Dragic 0-3), L.A. Clippers 6-23 (Ken.Martin 1-1, Simmons 1-3, Williams 1-3, Paul 1-4, Butler 1-6, Foye 1-6). Fouled OutGriffin. ReboundsHouston 43 (Scola 11), L.A. Clippers 56 (Jordan 11). AssistsHouston 25 (Dragic 14), L.A. Clippers 18 (Paul 5). Total FoulsHouston 25, L.A. Clippers 17. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers Bench. A19,060 (19,060).

Bobcats 107, Raptors 103

TORONTO (103): J.Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Bargnani 4-10 2-2 11, Gray 3-5 0-0 6, Bayless 10-16 4-5 29, DeRozan 6-12 8-12 20, Kleiza 6-9 0-0 13, A.Johnson 1-1 4-4 6, Davis 3-6 1-1 7, Forbes 4-10 0-0 9, Magloire 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 38-73 19-24 103.

CHARLOTTE (107): Maggette 3-11 14-14 21, Thomas 3-6 5-7 11, Biyombo 4-8 1-2 9, Augustin 6-11 9-9 23, Henderson 11-14 2-2 24, White 4-7 0-0 8, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 1-7 0-0 2, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Mullens 1-3 0-0 2, Najera 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 36-71 31-34 107.

Toronto 29 24 14 36— 103

Charlotte 20 23 38 26— 107

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-18 (Bayless 5-6, Bargnani 1-2, Kleiza 1-3, Forbes 1-5, DeRozan 0-2), Charlotte 4-9 (Augustin 2-5, Najera 1-1, Maggette 1-1, Walker 0-1, Henderson 0-1). Fouled OutBayless, Thomas. ReboundsToronto 42 (Davis 12), Charlotte 36 (Biyombo 9). AssistsToronto 20 (Bayless 6), Charlotte 25 (Augustin 11). Total FoulsToronto 36, Charlotte 21. TechnicalsBayless. A15,108 (19,077).

Hornets 102, Nets 94

NEW ORLEANS (102): Ariza 3-7 2-3 10, Ayon 4-8 0-0 8, Kaman 9-13 2-2 20, Jack 6-14 2-2 16, Belinelli 8-13 0-0 20, Ja.Smith 3-9 0-0 6, Henry 1-3 2-2 4, Vasquez 2-6 2-2 6, Aminu 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas 4-5 2-2 10. Totals 41-81 12-13 102.

NEW JERSEY (94): Wallace 3-9 4-4 11, Humphries 3-10 2-2 8, S.Williams 3-3 1-1 7, D.Williams 9-24 0-0 20, Brooks 3-7 3-5 10, Petro 0-2 0-0 0, Morrow 8-13 0-0 20, Je.Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Green 6-13 2-2 16, J.Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-86 12-14 94.

New Orleans 26 21 23 32— 102

New Jersey 29 22 31 12— 94

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 8-16 (Belinelli 4-6, Ariza 2-3, Jack 2-6, Vasquez 0-1), New Jersey 10-23 (Morrow 4-4, Green 2-4, D.Williams 2-7, Brooks 1-2, Wallace 1-5, Je.Smith 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 46 (Ayon 9), New Jersey 47 (Humphries 16). AssistsNew Orleans 29 (Vasquez 9), New Jersey 23 (D.Williams 12). Total FoulsNew Orleans 14, New Jersey 13. A11,271 (18,711).

New Knicks coach stays perfect 03/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 17, 2012 11:55pm]

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