Stoudemire leads Knicks past Hornets, 100-92

AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - When the Hornets were able to interrupt Amare Stoudemire's dominance inside, the Knicks responded with enough 3-pointers to make New Orleans pay.

Stoudemire had 34 points and 10 assists to power New York to its eighth win in nine games, 100-92 over the Hornets on Friday night.

New York led 74-73 late in the third when Shawne Williams' driving scoop off the glass and Raymond Felton's floater as he was fouled ignited a 10-0 run that gave the Knicks (11-9) their first double-digit lead of the game. Wilson Chandler's second 3 of the fourth quarter made it 92-78 with 6:02 to go and New Orleans (13-6) was unable to recover in losing for the fifth time in seven games.

Trevor Ariza had a season-high 21 points for New Orleans, which was without David West because of a stomach virus. Chris Paul had 17 points and 10 assists.

New York went 13 for 30 from 3-point range. Chandler, who scored 14, made four 3s, while Danilo Gallinari and Williams made three each.

The Hornets simple couldn't keep up with that, going 3 of 14 from deep.

Jason Smith made his fourth career start in place of West, who leads the Hornets in scoring with 18.8 points per game. Smith had 12 points, while Emeka Okafor had 11 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans.

Felton finished with 17 points and 13 assists for New York, hitting a pair of 3s. Gallinari and Williams each scored 13.

The Hornets scored the first eight points of the game and led most of the first half, going up 28-21 when Willie Green's basket early in the second quarter capped another 8-0 run.

The Hornets were up 36-28 when Stoudemire started to take over. Mixing in a couple jumpers with an array of strong inside moves, Stoudemire scored 16 of New York's next 19 points, tying it at 49 on a dunk.

Gallinari then hit consecutive 3s to help the Knicks take a 55-53 lead into halftime.

NOTES: This marked this first time this season in 19 games that the Hornets did not have the same starting five. ... New York has won five straight meetings spanning the past two seasons. The Hornets' last win over the Knicks came in April 2008, before Mike D'Antoni became New York's coach. ... The teams will meet once more this season in New York on March 2. ... Announced attendance was 14,020, and the Hornets are averaging 13,865 through 10 home games despite a strong start.

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