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Notes on Wednesday's games in the National Basketball Association ...

Eight Is Enough. Could it be that Saturday's brawl with the Nuggets was the thing that saved Isiah Thomas' career? Naw, just kidding. Funny thought, though. Anyway, down to eight players, New York found a way to win in overtime for the second straight game, as David Lee's tip-in with 1/10th of a second remaining (that's 0.1 for you sports stenographers) gave the Knicks a 111-109 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, with Charlotte part-owner Michael Jordan watching from courtside, no less. (For the record, when the shot went in he smiled).


Big E In Big D. Not that the Mavericks and SuperSonics are much better off than the Knicks, roster size-wise. With Dirk Nowitzki absent for most of the game with a sprained ankle, Erick Dampier had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a 103-95 win for Dallas over Seattle. The Sonics' Rashard Lewis injured his right hand in the game's opening minute.

Invincible. Hey, Vince Carter's still in the league? Yep, he had 38 points on Wednesday to lead the Nets over the Cavaliers 113-111, after scoring a total of 33 points over his previous three games.

Oh, Perfect. Tim Duncan was 8-for-8 from the floor and had 21 points, and Michael Finley had a season-high 20 points as the Spurs (20-6) retained the best record in the NBA, in case you forgot, with a 105-98 win over the Grizzlies.

We Would Have Preferred Barbara Walters. True Hoop has the scoop on Allen Iverson's TNT interview with John Thompson, which airs on Friday. Some interesting excerpts here.