Knicks 138, Warriors 125 NEW YORK - Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni glanced at the best stat line of David Lee's career and somehow managed to sound disappointed.
"He should've had 50," D'Antoni said. "He should've had 50 and 28."
Against these Golden State Warriors, why not?
Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and New York rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State on Saturday night.
"Chris Duhon did a great job of finding me on the pick-and-roll," Lee said. "And he found me about 18 or 20 times."
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 3:11 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin's franchise record of 21 assists set Dec. 12, 1958.
"That's what a point guard's supposed to do is get their team involved," Duhon said. "If I can do that every night I would love it. "
In other games
Magic 110, Pacers 96 at Orlando: Dwight Howard had a season-high 32 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks, and Rashard Lewis scored 24 points to help Orlando beat Indiana.
Danny Granger had 27 points, and Marquis Daniels added 21 for Indiana.
Hawks 102, Wizards 98 at Washington: Al Horford's three-point play with 12.4 seconds remaining broke a tie in Atlanta's victory over Washington.
Washington's Caron Butler hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 to play to tie it at 98 after Atlanta had a 17-point lead early in the third quarter.
Darius Songaila's turnover with 31.8 seconds left gave the ball to Atlanta. Mike Bibby, who led Atlanta with 21 points, fed Horford for a layup, and he was fouled by Butler. Horford, who had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, hit the free throw for a 101-98 lead.
Celtics 89, Bobcats 84 at Charlotte, N.C.: Paul Pierce scored 19 points to help Boston beat Charlotte and win its eighth straight game.
Kendrick Perkins had 15 points and 12 rebounds, Ray Allen added 15 points, Tony Allen had 11 and Eddie House and Kevin Garnett 10 each for the defending NBA champions.
Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, Jason Richardson had 22 and rookie D.J. Augustin 13 for the Bobcats.
Nuggets 106, Timberwolves 97 at Minneapolis: Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 27 points in three quarters, Carmelo Anthony added 25 points and 10 rebounds and Denver beat Minnesota.
Linas Kleiza scored 15 points, and Anthony Carter had 12 for Denver. The Nuggets have beaten Minnesota seven straight times and 12 of 15.
Rockets 103, Spurs 84 at Houston: Luther Head scored 21 points in place of the injured Tracy McGrady and Houston Rockets used balanced scoring to beat San Antonio.
Ron Artest added 16 points and eight rebounds, Yao Ming and Rafer Alston scored 12 points apiece and Luis Scola added 11 for Houston, which had all five starters in double-figures for just the second time this season. Alston also had six assists, and reserve Shane Battier scored 15 points.
Nets 105, Jazz 88 at Salt Lake City: Devin Harris scored 34 points, and Vince Carter added 22 points to help New Jersey beat Utah.
Mehmet Okur had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Millsap added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz.
Cavaliers 97, Bucks 85 at Milwaukee: LeBron James scored 11 straight points for Cleveland late in the fourth quarter and finished with 32 in the Cavaliers' victory over Milwaukee.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas added a season-high 23 points and 17 rebounds to help Cleveland, win for the 13th time in 14 games.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh said Stephon Marbury 's situation has "spiraled down," but he provided no solution Saturday for how the team will part ways with the disgruntled point guard.
Walsh suspended Marbury for the game against Golden State because the Knicks said Marbury refused to play Wednesday night in a loss at Detroit. The Knicks also docked his pay from that night, with the penalties costing Marbury nearly $400,000.
Walsh said he would probably talk to Marbury and his representation from the players' association Monday to address a stalemate that turned ugly this week. Walsh has said he's opposed to buyouts and agreed that it's difficult to trade Marbury because of his salary of approximately $21 million, but it seems obvious the Knicks have to do something soon.
"I think everybody came into it with good intentions and it hasn't worked out, so we've got to acknowledge that," Walsh said.
Marbury isn't part of coach Mike D'Antoni 's plans and has been on the inactive list most of the season. However, D'Antoni twice asked Marbury if would play when the Knicks faced serious numbers problems.
Marbury agreed to suit up last Friday night in Milwaukee so the Knicks would have the league-mandated eight players in uniform, but he declined D'Antoni's offer before the game to take some available minutes.
Houston guard Tracy McGrady missed the Rockets' game Saturday against San Antonio because of a sore left knee. McGrady also sat out Wednesday night against Indiana, and will miss the Rockets' game today in Denver. The Rockets said McGrady will consult with doctors on Monday, seeking treatment options. The seven-time All-Star is averaging 15.6 points. ...Magic guard Mickael Pietrus will be out three to five weeks because of a torn ligament in his right thumb. Pietrus averages nearly 13 points and is one of the Magic's main 3-point shooters. The Magic is already missing backup guard Keith Bogans because of a broken thumb, and starting point guard Jameer Nelson is nursing a pulled groin.
LeBron, Microsoft split
NBA star LeBron James and software giant Microsoft have split after a two-year marketing partnership. James' two Web sites - lebron.msn.com and lebronjames.com - are vacant.
James had appeared in a 2007 Microsoft commercial and launched a Web site during the 2007 All-Star Game that was geared toward youth.
James was the first NBA star used in Microsoft's marketing efforts.