EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the first time since Jason Kidd showed up in New Jersey, the guys on the New York side are having more fun in the Hudson River rivalry.
Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 35 points and hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer, leading the Knicks to a 111-105 victory Wednesday night over the New Jersey Nets that gave them the season series for the first time in eight years.
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who are 3-0 against their cross-river rivals after the Nets had owned them for years. New York hadn't won the series since going 3-1 in the 1999-00 season, with New Jersey bringing a 24-4 mark, counting the playoffs, into this season since Kidd's arrival in 2001.
"Those guys really put it to us for a long time. As long as I've been here, every time we played them it seemed like we lost," Knicks center Eddy Curry said. "But ... we showed them that they're not going to be able to beat up on us every time they play us."
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New York has won three in a row for the first time in a year.
Vince Carter scored 26 to lead New Jersey in the loss. Jason Kidd had 10 points and a season-high 17 assists.
BUCKS 87, HAWKS 80, at Milwaukee -- Andrew Bogut continued his recent tear with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to push Atlanta to its 18th loss in 20 tries at Milwaukee.
CELTICS 100, TRAIL BLAZERS 90, at Boston -- Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and Boston rebounded from its first consecutive losses of the season. Portland's loss was only its third in 21 games.
BULLS 126, HEAT 96, at Miami -- Ben Gordon scored 24 points to help Chicago hand Miami its 11th consecutive loss despite Shaquille O'Neal's return to the lineup (24 points and 10 rebounds).
BOBCATS 99, MAGIC 93, at Charlotte, N.C. -- Gerald Wallace had 36 points and 14 rebounds, Jason Richardson hit a 3-pointer and four free throws in the final minute, and Charlotte denied Orlando's bid for a season sweep.
HORNETS 123, SUPERSONICS 92, at New Orleans -- Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points, leading six New Orleans players in double figures, in a rout of Seattle.