Patrick Ewing scored 37 points, his most in two years, and was involved in a rumble with Jalen Rose as the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers, 94-93, Tuesday night at New York.
The first meeting between the rivals came down to the final shot after Ewing missed an awkward, backward attempt with 27 seconds left.
Reggie Miller missed a jump shot with six seconds left, Travis Best missed a jump shot with three seconds remaining and Al Harrington’s tip rimmed out just before the buzzer, allowing the Knicks to walk off with their first one-point victory of the season.
They had been 0-4 in one-point games.
“To win one I think gives you an extra boost--even more than a 10-point win,” Knick Coach Jeff Van Gundy said. “We can build on it.”
The Ewing-Rose altercation came late in the second quarter. After Ewing knocked Rose to the floor while going for a rebound, Rose stuck his foot out and tripped Ewing as he turned upcourt.
“I took it personal the way he threw me to the ground, and he took it personal the way I stuck out my foot after he walked over me,” Rose said.
Referee Dick Bavetta called a foul and stepped between the two, and Rose hit Bavetta square in the nose with a forearm as Ewing walked toward him in a threatening manner.
Ewing never threw any punches. “I wanted to smack him, but I didn’t want to get suspended,” Ewing said.
But it appeared that Ewing hit Van Gundy in the face after the coach tried to keep him from fighting.
Rose ended up with an automatic ejection for a punching foul, each player drew a technical and Bavetta had a bloody nose. The referee continued to work.
Golden State 93, Portland 90--Guards Bimbo Coles and John Starks sparked a fourth-quarter rally as the Warriors won in Oakland to end the Blazers’ winning streak at six.
Coles had 24 points and Starks 16.
Sacramento 104, Utah 101--Vernon Maxwell scored 33 points and fellow reserve Predrag Stojakovic added 26 as the Kings won in overtime in Sacramento.
Maxwell made six three-point shots and Stojakovic had five. Karl Malone had 20 points for the Jazz, which lost its second straight.
San Antonio 95, Seattle 87--Tim Duncan scored 26 points and David Robinson had 18 points and 10 rebounds at San Antonio as the Spurs won for the 14th time in 16 games. The SuperSonics shot 39%.
Orlando 100, New Jersey 98--Nick Anderson scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and scored a game-tying basket late in the game at Orlando, setting the stage for Horace Grant’s game-winning shot, a baseline jumper, with 16.6 seconds left.
Detroit 93, Atlanta 77--The Pistons turned it on after trailing by one at halftime to win easily at Atlanta. Grant Hill scored 28 for Detroit.
Milwaukee 107, Washington 105--Glenn Robinson made the game-winning shot with 3.1 seconds left as the Bucks overcame a 10-point deficit in the last 2:42 to win at Milwaukee.
The Bucks trailed 100-90 but went on a 13-0 run, keyed by Ray Allen, who scored 10 of his 25 points in that time.
Chicago 91, Philadelphia 81--The banged-up Bulls welcomed back Toni Kukoc and broke a four-game losing streak by beating the 76ers at Chicago. Kukoc, out three games with a sore lower back, scored 26 points.
Toronto 101, Cleveland 91--Dee Brown scored a season-high 28 points and made a team-record eight three-point shots to lead the Raptors over the Cavaliers at Cleveland.
Boston 109, Charlotte 99--Kenny Anderson scored 13 of his 22 points in the first half and the Celtics shot a season-high 59% for to beat the Hornets at Charlotte.
The Hornets also had a good shooting night, making 58% of their shots, and got 17 points and seven rebounds from Elden Campbell. Eddie Jones had seven points.
Minnesota 98, Dallas 78--The Timberwolves won easily at Minneapolis despite missing two starters, Joe Smith (ribs) and Anthony Peeler (calf), and two key backups, Malik Sealy (ankle) and newcomer James Robinson (back).
Terrell Brandon scored a season-high 22 points.
Vancouver 101, Denver 87--Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 points at Vancouver as the Grizzlies handed the Nuggets their 22nd straight road loss.