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Richardson comes alive, Clips shock Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) -- Knicks president Scott Layden showed up at work
Tuesday night wearing a new pair of eyeglasses. Maybe they'll help
him see more clearly how to fix his team.

Quentin Richardson scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth
quarter and Corey Maggette scored 25 as the Los Angeles Clippers
rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to beat the New
York Knicks 112-110.

"We've had many games like this," said Knicks coach Don
Chaney, whose team avoided dropping into last place in the Atlantic
Division only because the Miami Heat lost to Atlanta.

Jeff McInnis added 19 and Elton Brand 17 for the Clippers, who
used a 41-13 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to turn a
75-57 deficit into a 98-88 lead.

The Knicks rallied back within two as the Clippers missed three
of eight foul shots in the final 21 seconds, but Allan Houston
missed a running jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Houston scored 40 for the Knicks, who lost their third in a row.

Houston scored 17 of New York's 28 fourth-quarter points, but
the Knicks were undone by their slow feet on defense, their lack of
height on offense and their lack of belief in themselves.

Layden has been working hard trying to engineer a trade, but
very few teams have interest in many of the Knicks' high-salaried,
underachieving players.

"We're not going to win a shootout. that's not the way we're
made," Knicks guard Mark Jackson said. "Wen allowed them to get
their rhythm, they started strutting themselves like a bunch of
young guys, which they are. We created the monster and we paid the
price."

The Clippers seemed lethargic and disinterested through the
first half and into the second, but they were an enthusiastic bunch
down the stretch. When the home crowd wasn't booing the home team
in the fourth, they were gasping at the shooting of Richardson and
the explosiveness of Darius Miles.

Miles went around Clarence Weatherspoon for a pair of
spectacular drives, the last of which gave Los Angeles a 106-97
lead with 1:58 left.

New York rallied behind 3-pointers by Shandon Anderson and
Latrell Sprewell and trailed 108-105 after Maggette missed one of
two free throws with 21 seconds left. Houston hit a pair of foul
shots with 16.6 seconds left to make it a one-point game, and
McInnis made only one of two with 13.9 left.

With a chance to go for the tie or the win, the Knicks inbounded
to Houston for a quick 3-pointer from well behind the arc. The shot
missed and Brand was fouled after grabbing the rebound. He made
both for a 111-107 lead.

Houston quickly made a 3-pointer, and Richardson was fouled with
3.5 seconds left. He missed the first and made the second, and the
Knicks -- despite having no timeouts -- pushed the ball upcourt for a
decent attempt by Houston that would not fall.

"If you can come in here with young guys like we have and win,
then I think it means an awful lot," Clippers coach Alvin Gentry
said.

Something started to click for the Clippers, who improved to
6-17 on the road, after Jackson hit a short turnaround to give the
Knicks a 75-57 lead with 4:33 left.

McInnis hit a 3-pointer, Richardson had a tip-in and a 21-footer
and McInnis scored on a drive to cut the deficit to seven, 81-74.

The Knicks led 82-76 entering the fourth, but it wasn't long
before the Clippers caught and passed them with stunning ease.

Maggette hit four foul shots and Richardson hit a 3 in a 9-0 run
that tied it at 85-85, and Richardson had seven points -- including
another 3 and a nifty reverse layup -- in a subsequent 13-1 run that
gave Los Angeles a 98-88 lead with 5:32 left.

Miles put a devastating crossover move on Clarence Weatherspoon
for a slam dunk that made it 100-90 with 4:53 left. The Knicks had
their next two shots blocked -- the Clippers had six blocks in the
final quarter -- before Sprewell and Thomas turned the ball over on
the next two possessions.

"We never give up," Brand said. "We've had some games like
this, just not on the road."

Game notes
Brand, who believes he should have been chosen for the
All-Star team, said he would accept an invitation to play if any of
the 12 current All-Stars is unable to because of an injury. ... The
Knicks activated center Travis Knight, who had arthroscopic surgery
after bruising his knee Jan. 8 against Houston. The Knicks had an
open spot on their active roster after placing Marcus Camby on the
injured list Sunday.