Knicks knock off the Wizards
The New York Knicks have their longest winning streak in nearly a decade, and Amar'e Stoudemire has the type of streak the franchise hasn't seen since 1962.
Stoudemire had 36 points and 10 rebounds to help overcome his 11 turnovers, and December's turnaround team won its seventh in a row Friday night, beating the Wizards, 101-95, in Washington.
The game was the seventh straight in which Stoudemire has scored at least 30 points. Willie Naulls is the only other player in franchise history with such a run, but that was way back in '62.
Elsewhere: Kevin Love had 27 points and 18 rebounds, and Darko Milicic blocked a career-high seven shots to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 109-99 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons. Luke Ridnour had 20 points and 10 assists, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter to help the Wolves to just their sixth win of the season. . . . Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and Kevin Durant scored 25 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Hornets, 97-92, in New Orleans. . . . The Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 88-84. . . . The San Antonio Spurs improved their league-best record to 19-3 with a 108-92 thumping of the visiting Atlanta Hawks. . . . George Karl earned his 1,000th coaching victory as the Denver Nuggets smashed the Raptors, 123-116, in Toronto. Karl is the seventh coach in NBA history with 1,000 wins. . . . The Indiana Pacers feasted on the visiting Charlotte Bobcats, 100-92.
Chouest remains interested in Hornets
Outgoing Hornets minority owner Gary Chouest says he remains as interested in keeping the NBA in New Orleans as he was when he first invested in the club.
Chouest attended Friday night's home game against Oklahoma City and said the reason he bought into the Hornets "hasn't changed from Day 1." Chouest became a part-owner when the Hornets returned to New Orleans from Oklahoma City in 2007. Last spring, he neared a deal to take full control, but negotiations with majority owner George Shinn stalled.
The NBA is now purchasing 100 percent of the team pending approval by the league's board of governors. - Wire reports