Lee, Duhon spark Knicks' record night

November 29, 2008 7:03:38 PM PST
Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, David Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State on Saturday night. Duhon set Lee up for numerous dunks against the defenseless Warriors, who completed a winless five-game Eastern trip and looked as if they couldn't wait to get home. One of the slams, with 3:09 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin's franchise record of 21 assists set on Dec. 12, 1958.

The Knicks raced to an 82-64 halftime lead behind 20 points from Lee. His basket with 3.4 seconds left let New York shatter the record for most first-half points at the present Madison Square Garden, set when Kansas City scored 81 on Dec. 8, 1979.

They reached 100 points with 4:58 still left in the third quarter, then Lee put an exclamation point on it with the next basket, coming up with a steal and tossing himself a self alley-oop for a dunk and a 102-84 cushion.

Al Harrington, traded from the Warriors to the Knicks last week, added 36 points and 12 rebounds. Wilson Chandler scored 16 points for the banged-up Knicks, who used only seven players. Even Duhon is hurting, sitting out practice Thursday with a sore back, but that didn't stop him from repeatedly getting into the lane.

New York traded Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford, its top two scorers, in separate deals last week, and Nate Robinson was out with a strained groin. None of them was missed, as New York shot 51 percent. Duhon scored 12 points.

Crawford, sent to Golden State for Harrington, had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Corey Maggette led the Warriors with 32 points and 12 boards.

The Warriors played without leading scorer Stephen Jackson, who aggravated a sprained left wrist in a loss Friday at Cleveland.

They completed their first 0-5 road trip since Dec. 31-Jan. 7 of the 2003-04 season.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni and the Warriors' Don Nelson are known for their offensive schemes, but neither run teams that do much defending. Golden State came in surrendering 107.3 points per game, better only than the Knicks and their 107.7 average.

The Warriors were way worse on this night.

The Knicks made 16 of 25 shots (64 percent) in the first quarter, opening a 39-33 lead behind 12 points from Lee and 10 from Chandler. New York blew it open late in the second and was never really challenged again, nailing a couple of 3-pointers after Golden State trimmed the deficit to 12 late in the third quarter and pushing the lead to 116-96 heading to the fourth.