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Davis returns to Denver for more tests on knee

DENVER - Walter Davis, the Denver Nuggets' leading scorer, has returned to Denver from the club's current road trip to undergo further tests on his left knee. Davis underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test Thursday in an effort to determine the cause of continued swelling.

Initial examinations by doctors in both Detroit and Milwaukee have

indicated chondromalacia, or runner's knee - an inflammation of the lining beneath the knee cap.

Assistant coach Allan Bristow said a decision on signing a player to a 10-day contract to replace Davis wouldn't be made until results of the MRI are examined.

Timberwolves activate Johnson from injured list

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves have activated center Steve Johnson from the injured list, the NBA team said Friday.

Johnson, placed on the injured list Jan. 11 with a stomach ulcer, was expected to be in uniform for Friday night's game against Indiana, the team said.

The addition of Johnson gives the Timberwolves 12 players on their active roster.

Rockets give Knicks a lesson in rebounding

HOUSTON - The final statistics sheet from Thursday night's game at the Summit told the story better than any videotape could. "I've never been involved in a game like that," eight-year veteran Trent Tucker of the New York Knicks said. "Look at that."

He held a stat sheet in his hand, a copy of the same one forward Charles Oakley refused to look at, the one Coach Stu Jackson refused to believe.

"We have to put it behind us because that's where it is meant to be," Jackson said.

The Houston Rockets, a talented team that is an enigma in the NBA, halted the Knicks' six-game winning streak with an impressive 124-105 victory. But it was not the final score that left most of the Knicks befuddled and shaking their heads.

Rather, it was the rebounding total that punctuated a long night.

It read: Rockets 70, Knicks 42.

"I've never, ever, on any level seen a team get 70 rebounds in a game," Jackson said. "They completely dominated us."

And how. The Rockets had 29 offensive boards to 15 for the Knicks.

Houston forward Otis Thorpe had a career-high 26 rebounds, an individual season high against the Knicks. Thorpe had 13 rebounds in the first quarter, 18 in the half.

Rockets center Akeem Olajuwon had 15 rebounds and reserve Larry Smith came off the bench to get 14 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Meanwhile, Oakley had only five rebounds and two points in 24 minutes.

"The ball was just going (Thorpe's) way," Oakley said. "It was one of those nights. I didn't think I played that bad. It's just that the ball was coming his way."

Said Thorpe, who had nine offensive rebounds: "I like playing against Oakley. He likes to bang and he's not a crybaby."

Rookie guard Workman is released by Atlanta

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks released rookie guard Haywoode Workman on Thursday night after the team's 130-123 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Workman, who played college ball at Oral Roberts, had completed the second of two 10-day contracts Thursday night. He saw 16 minutes of action in six games and scored six points.