Melo-less Knicks Fall to Rockets 116-111 | NBC New York

Melo-less Knicks Fall to Rockets 116-111

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    Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis puts up a shot over Rockets forward Terrence Jones during the first half. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Trevor Ariza hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:14 left in overtime and Marcus Thornton made two free throws with less than a second left as the Houston Rockets beat the New York Knicks 116-111 on Sunday night.

    James Harden led Houston with 26 points. Thornton and Clint Capela each had 18 and Ariza finished with 16.

    Arron Afflalo had 31 points for the Knicks, who played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony because of an illness. Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

    Langston Galloway and Jose Calderon each missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final minute.

    The Rockets erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and tied the game on Thornton's 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. 


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