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Knicks' offense returns

Latrell Sprewell scored 32 points and Allan Houston had 28 Sunday as the Knicks had their highest scoring game of the season in a 120-111 victory over Sacramento that made Jeff Van Gundy the Eastern Conference All-Star coach.

It was a rare high-octane performance from the Knicks, who led by as many as 24 while looking content to play run-and-gun with the Kings, the league's highest-scoring team.

Sprewell scored 12 points in a fourth quarter that was marked by the ejection of Sacramento's Jason Williams with 11:15 left.

The victory gave the Knicks a 26-16 record, moving them into a tie with Miami for the Atlantic Division lead. All-Star coaches are determined based on records after Sunday's games, and Van Gundy was selected over the Heat's Pat Riley because the tiebreaking formula gives the edge to whichever has not coached the All-Star Game most recently.

WIZARDS: Michael Jordan's first choice didn't work out, so he will hire Darrell Walker as coach, the Washington Post reported. Walker, former Raptors coach, will be hired as interim coach today. Jordan's attempt to hire Warriors assistant Rod Higgins fell through over the issue of compensation.

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