Originally created 02/08/00

Hornets show Knicks no mercy



CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eddie Jones scored a season-high 34 points, Charlotte made a season-best 10 3-pointers and the Hornets got Patrick Ewing into foul trouble Monday night in a 95-85 victory over the injury-ravaged New York Knicks.

Derrick Coleman added 29 points and 13 rebounds as Charlotte improved to 19-3 at home and sent the Knicks to their fourth consecutive road loss.

Patrick Ewing, coming off a 44-minute outing Sunday in which he had 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Knicks past Miami, followed it up against Charlotte with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four fouls in 38 minutes.

The Miami game cost the Knicks the services of forward Larry Johnson to a broken foot and Marcus Camby to a torn knee ligament.

Allan Houston limped off in the third quarter with a twisted left ankle. But he returned for the fourth quarter, when he scored six of his 26 points.

Ewing had seven points in the final quarter of a game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 14 but was postponed following the death of Charlotte's Bobby Phills.

Magic -- 120
Warriors -- 100

ORLANDO, Fla. -- John Amaechi scored a career-high 25 points, all but two in the first half, to lead the Orlando Magic to a rout of the Golden State Warriors.

Amaechi's backup, Michael Doleac, had a season-high 23 points and Ron Mercer scored 18 in his second game since coming to the Magic in a trade last week.

Antawn Jamison led Golden State with 22 points. Vonteego Cummings had 19 points, all in the second half, and Jason Caffey finished with 18.

But after winning four in a row, the Warriors have reverted to their old ways the last two games. They never led Monday night, and coach Garry St. Jean was ejected when he drew two technicals for comments to officials with 2:18 left in the second quarter.

Pacers -- 109
76ers -- 84

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four years ago, Larry Brown coached the Pacers to a franchise record 17 consecutive victories at home. On Monday night, he was an unwilling spectator as Indiana broke the record by defeating Philadelphia.

Reggie Miller overcame a slow start to score a season-high 32 points despite sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Pacers limited Allen Iverson to just 14.

Iverson, who matched his career high with 50 points Sunday in a 119-108 triumph over Sacramento, made only 6-of-19 shots.

It was Indiana's 12th consecutive home triumph over Philadelphia, including two playoff games last year when the Pacers swept the 76ers in four games. Philadelphia's last victory at Indiana came on Nov. 24, 1993, the first of four years that Brown coached the Pacers.

Jalen Rose, who spent much of Brown's final season at Indiana on the bench, contributed 20 points to the victory.

Trail Blazers -- 115
Bucks -- 111

MILWAUKEE -- Portland's dominant defense didn't go to work until it counted the most.

Steve Smith had 24 points and hit a key jumper with 34 seconds left as the Trail Blazers beat Milwaukee for their ninth victory in 10 games.

Portland, which improved its road record to 20-8 and finished its Eastern road swing with a 3-1 record, raised its league-best record to 37-11. The Bucks have lost three of their last four.

Playing one day after a 100-94 victory in Boston, the Trail Blazers trailed much of the night before storming back against the inconsistent Bucks, who shot 56 percent from the field but couldn't execute in the fourth quarter. Portland hit 11 of 15 shot in the final period.

Glenn Robinson led the Bucks with 27 points.

Milwaukee lost for the fourth time in six home games. Consecutive home losses have killed the good vibes the Bucks had from a 3-2 Western road swing last week, and Milwaukee fell further back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.