NEW YORK -- Two wins in a row is nothing more than a baby step in the NBA. But with the way the Knicks' season has gone, it felt like a giant leap.
Jamal Crawford scored 29 points and New York beat the Washington Wizards 105-93 on Tuesday night to give the Knicks consecutive victories for only the third time this season.
"It really gives me hope and belief there is a good team in here somewhere," coach Isiah Thomas said. "We've just got to keep working at it and keep grinding and keep persevering."
Two nights after an 89-65 victory over Detroit, the Knicks built a 22-point lead in the first half, then turned back every push by Washington, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
76ERS 111, ROCKETS 107, at Houston -- Andre Miller scored 26 points, and Philadelphia rallied from 16 points down to beat Houston and snap a seven-game losing streak and a five-game road skid.
PISTONS 103, RAPTORS 89, at Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 39 points to help Detroit rebound from an embarrassing loss to New York. Chris Bosh, who averaged 39 points in Toronto's last two games, was held to 16.
CLIPPERS 97, SUNS 90, at Los Angeles -- Sam Cassell broke out of a shooting slump in a big way, scoring 32 points as Los Angeles knocked Phoenix out of first place in the Western Conference. Cassell, who was 7 for 31 in his previous four games, made 15 of 21 shots.
MAGIC 102, BULLS 88, at Orlando, Fla. -- Rashard Lewis scored 26 points, and Dwight Howard finished with 15 and 11 rebounds to help Orlando defeat Chicago for only its second win in its last seven games.
HAWKS 104, NUGGETS 93, at Atlanta -- Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Atlanta held off a late Denver rally which was killed when Allen Iverson and J.R. Smith were ejected with 38.9 seconds left.
CAVALIERS 132, GRIZZLIES 124 (OT), at Cleveland -- LeBron James came five points short of his career high, scoring 51 points as Cleveland handed Memphis its fifth loss in a row.