David Lee had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Al Harrington scored six of his 26 points in the final 1:12, and the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center for the first time in 11 tries with a 113-107 victory on Sunday night.
The Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Clippers lost their fifth straight and 16th in 19 games. The victory was New York’s first on the road against the Clips since March 25, 1998, when they won their fifth straight at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Baron Davis had 23 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who reached the 50-loss mark for the 18th time since the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 1984-85 season. Chris Kaman had 22 points and 16 rebounds.
The Clippers, who came in as the league’s fourth-worst 3-point shooting team at 33.3 percent, were 7 for 28 as they equaled a season high for attempts. It was the 27th time this season that they took 20 or more shots from behind the arc, and they are 7-20 in those games.
Forward Rasual Butler made his third 3-pointer of the game with 9:15 remaining to break the single-season franchise record of 139, set by Terry Dehere in (1995-96). But he was 3 for 11 from 3-point range and missed a critical shot from behind the line in the final 30 seconds.
Trailing by as many as 14 points with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter, the Clippers closed to 94-92 on a dunk by reserve forward DeAndre Jordan with 7:25 to play. They pulled even at 103 on Drew Gooden’s tip-in with 2:56 left, but never got the lead after that. Harrington helped put it away with a short hook shot and four free throws.
New York used its 16th different starting lineup, with Bill Walker playing alongside Chris Duhon in the backcourt. The Knicks built a 59-55 halftime lead with 17 points from Harrington and 15 from Lee, who got his first NBA triple-double on Friday in a 128-117 loss at Golden State and tied a career high with 37 points.
In the previous meeting on Dec. 18 at Madison Square Garden, Lee made the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left to help the Knicks pull out a 95-91 win after they trailed by as many as 20 points. It was one of three games the Clippers have lost this season after leading by at least 20, including Saturday’s 98-90 defeat at Denver.
NOTES: Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was on the bench watching his team go through its pregame paces at the exact moment former Knicks coach Don Nelson tied Lenny Wilkens’ record of 1,332 regular-season wins with Golden State’s 113-112 squeaker at Toronto. Nelson was fired with 26 games left in his only season in New York (1995-96) and replaced by Jeff Van Gundy. “It’s an unbelievable milestone,” D’Antoni told The Associated Press. “Don’s been a great coach for a lot of years and he’s one of the best in the game. He’s a little bit of a mad genius out there the way he does things, but he’s very innovative and the players buy into it. He has a unique way to play the game, and he’s always been successful with it. I don’t know the inner workings of it, but he’s obviously doing something right.” ... Van Gundy was in Staples Center earlier Sunday as part of the broadcast crew for the nationally televised Lakers-Spurs game. He was the last coach to guide the Knicks to a winning record, going 48-34 in 2000-01. ... The Knicks are 59-99 since D’Antoni replaced Isiah Thomas as coach. Thomas was 53-105 in his first 158 games with them.