Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ewing Good for 27 as Knicks Clinch Tiebreaker Edge

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ewing Good for 27 as Knicks Clinch Tiebreaker Edge

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The New York Knicks rose to the challenge presented by the Detroit Pistons, breaking out of their recent slump Wednesday night with a 105-94 victory at home.

The Knicks' 50th victory of the season gave them a 2-1 edge in the season series and moved them 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the race for the third playoff seed in the East. New York also clinched the tiebreaker edge and will get the higher seed if the teams finish with the same record.

It was the Knicks' first all-around strong game since they beat the Chicago Bulls 2 1/2 weeks ago - a victory that was followed by losses in four of their next six games, including five against sub-.500 teams. Patrick Ewing scored 27 points, Larry Johnson had 16 and John Starks 15 for New York, which stayed 2 1/2 games behind Miami in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks became the first team in 11 games to score more than 100 points against the Pistons. Lindsey Hunter scored 19 points for Detroit, and Grant Hill, playing despite the flu, had 18 points. Hill had seven of his points in the final quarter when he almost singlehandedly tried to shoot Detroit back into the game. Timberwolves 102, Nuggets 100: Tom Gugliotta had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Dean Garrett scored 20 points to lead Minnesota to a road victory over reeling Denver. Kevin Garnett added 15 points and Stephon Marbury had 12 assists as the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak. Denver, which has lost 18 of 21 games since the All-Star break, was led by LaPhonso Ellis' 32 points and nine rebounds. Reserve Anthony Goldwire added 20 points, and Antonio McDyess scored 17. Trail Blazers 88, Hornets 87: Kenny Anderson scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and Portland held Charlotte to one field goal in the final six minutes to win on the road. Anderson, who played part of last season for the Hornets, also had eight assists. Glen Rice had 33 points for the Hornets, who missed five of their last six field-goal attempts and had their three-game winning streak broken. Nets 123, Sixers 105: Jim Jackson tied his season high with 28 points and Tony Massenburg matched his career high with 26 as New Jersey avenged a loss to Philadelphia on the road last week. …

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