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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wounded Hornets Sting Hurt Knicks

NEW YORK -- In their first clash since New York defeated Charlotte in last season's Eastern Conference semifinals, the wounded Hornets had just enough buzz left to sting the Knicks.


Eddie Johnson scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading Charlotte, which played without injured stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, to a 124-123 victory over the equally bruised Knicks, who dressed just nine players.


Johnson scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, added two baskets in overtime, then fed LeRon Ellis for a 3-point play that gave the Hornets the lead for good at 119-116 with 56 seconds left.


John Starks, who led the Knicks with 31 points, missed a key 3-pointer with seven seconds to go in overtime. Patrick Ewing scored 23 points for the Knicks, who had won 11 of their last 12 games against the Hornets.


Jazz 92, Trail Blazers 90. In Portland, Karl Malone scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half, including eight during a 16-0 third-quarter run, as streaking Utah overcame a 19-point deficit to defeat Portland.


The Jazz, who trailed 64-45 with 9:30 left in the third quarter, have won eight of their last nine games.


Nets 101, Celtics 97. In Boston, rookie P.J. Brown's lay-up with just over a minute remaining snapped a 95-95 tie and New Jersey held on for a victory over struggling Boston. Derrick Coleman had 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Nets, who had lost eight of their previous nine road games.


Heat 93, Pistons 85. In Auburn Hills, Rony Seikaly shook off the flu and came off the bench to score 18 points and lead Miami to a triumph that sent Detroit to their seventh straight loss. The Pistons have dropped 16 of their last 19 and have fallen into a last-place tie with Milwaukee in the NBA Central.


Spurs 94, Lakers 92. In San Antonio, David Robinson had 36 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio held off Los Angeles. The Spurs won their fourth straight game, while L.A. has dropped four straight games and 11 of its last 13.


76ers 96, Nuggets 80. In Denver, Clarence Weatherspoon scored 21 points and Johnny Dawkins keyed a 10-0 fourth-quarter run as Philadelphia downed Denver, snapping the Nugget's nine-game home winning streak.


Kings 119, Mavericks 116. In Sacramento, Lionel Simmons scored 30 points and Wayman Tisdale added 24 to lead Sacramento to their third straight win and eighth in a row over the Dallas Mavericks.