Wizards fall to Knicks; Thunder fires Carlesimo

The Baltimore Sun

Quentin Richardson had 34 points and 12 rebounds in one of his best games since coming to New York, and the short-handed Knicks held on to beat the visiting Washington Wizards, 122-117, last night.

Antawn Jamison had 29 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who dropped their fifth straight and fell to 1-10, the franchise's worst start since the 1966 Baltimore Bullets also opened 1-10. Caron Butler finished with 23 points, 19 in the second half.

Richardson made seven three-pointers and fell a point shy of his highest-scoring game since the Knicks acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in June 2005. He scored 35 points against the Wizards on Jan. 17, 2007.

Nate Robinson had a season-high 27 points to help the Knicks end a three-game losing streak.

Cavaliers 110, Hawks 96: : LeBron James led host Cleveland to its ninth win in 10 games, scoring 24 points - 19 in the second half - on 8-for-19 shooting. Maurice Evans scored 21 points for the Hawks, who have lost five of seven after starting 6-0.

Heat 109, Pacers 100: : Dwyane Wade shook off flu-like symptoms to score 38 points, and host Miami rallied from 15 points down to beat Indiana.

Rockets 100, Magic 95: : Yao Ming had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead visiting Houston to its fourth win in five games.

Nets 112, Clippers 95: : Yi Jianlian had a season-high 27 points, and Vince Carter added 26 to help host New Jersey beat Los Angeles. Baron Davis had 30 points and 10 assists for the Clippers.

Bucks 79, Bobcats 74: : Ramon Sessions scored 18 points and hit two clinching free throws with 13 seconds left to help visiting Milwaukee beat Charlotte for its second straight victory.

Jazz 103, Grizzlies 94: : Mehmet Okur had a season-high 23 points to lead visiting Utah.

Suns 102, Trail Blazers 92: : Shaquille O'Neal had 19 points and 17 rebounds to power host Phoenix. Brandon Roy scored 26 for Portland.

Hornets 109, Thunder 97: : David West scored a season-high 33 points and Chris Paul had a triple double (29 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds) to lead host New Orleans.

Off the court

Thunder: : With Oklahoma City off to an NBA-worst 1-12 start, P.J. Carlesimo was fired as coach and replaced on an interim basis by assistant Scott Brooks. The firing followed a 105-80 defeat to the Hornets on Friday night for the Thunder's 10th straight loss. That loss dropped Carlesimo's record with the franchise to 21-74 in just more than one season. The Thunder also fired assistant Paul Westhead, the former NBA coach who guided the Phoenix Mercury to the 2007 WNBA title. Brooks, an 11-year NBA veteran, will remain in charge for the season.

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