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NBA ROUNDUP : New York Keeps Pacers in the Cold

March 15, 1993|From Associated Press

The New York Knicks' 11th consecutive victory at Madison Square Garden on Sunday had the feel of a road game in Siberia.

"We probably should get credit for a road game because we've been in town for two days," Coach Pat Riley said after the Knicks coasted to a 121-90 victory over Indiana behind John Starks' 31 points and 10 assists and Patrick Ewing's 29 points on 10-for-12 shooting.

All 12 Knicks live outside Manhattan, and, because of this weekend's blizzard, all 12 left their homes Saturday morning to stay in a downtown hotel until gametime. But the game was postponed a day, forcing the Knicks and Pacers, who arrived here Friday, to wait an extra day.

"It didn't seem to have an effect on us," Riley said. "We weathered the storm."

New York moved a game ahead of Chicago in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls losing to Detroit. It was the sixth consecutive win overall for the Knicks.

Detlef Schrempf and Reggie Miller, who was ejected in the third quarter, scored 19 points each for the Pacers.

Charlotte 96, Boston 93--The Hornets won for the first time ever at Boston Garden, beating the Celtics behind Alonzo Mourning's 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Hornets had been 0-9 on the road against the Celtics since entering the league in 1988.

Larry Johnson, celebrating his 24th birthday, had 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists for the Hornets.

Seattle 105, Orlando 97--Shawn Kemp had 27 points and 12 rebounds and, keyed by three Gary Payton steals, the SuperSonics held the Magic to 14 points in the fourth quarter at Orlando.

Shaquille O'Neal led Orlando with 29 points, and scored all but five of the Magic's fourth-period points.

Detroit 101, Chicago 99--The Pistons kept the ball away from Michael Jordan on the Bulls' final possession and won when B.J. Armstrong missed a desperate three-point attempt at Auburn Hills, Mich.

Chicago played without injured starters John Paxson, Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright, but nearly overcame a 14-point third-quarter Piston lead.

Joe Dumars, who scored his 10,000th career point in the first half, led Detroit with 27 points.

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