Knicks and Magic set a record for scoring futility
ORLANDO – The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic set an NBA record for lowest-scoring quarter Saturday when they combined for 15 points in the second quarter of New York's 80-79 victory in Orlando. The record was 18, accomplished three times.
The Knicks scored eight points in the second quarter, shooting 3-for-20 from the field with a pair of turnovers. The Magic had seven points and was 3-for-19 from the field, with seven turnovers.
Nearly as strange:The Knicks, tied for last in the league, took their 16th victory of the season.
•RAPTORS CLINCH HOME ADVANTAGE: When the playoffs open next weekend, the Toronto Raptors will be at home. And, almost certainly, so will the Miami Heat. Lou Williams scored 29 points, and the Raptors put the Heat on the brink of playoff elimination with a 107-104 victory. The Raptors clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
•ROSE STANDS OUT FOR BULLS: Derrick Rose — in his third game back after missing two months following knee surgery — had 22 points and eight assists in 28 minutes in the Chicago Bulls' 114-107 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bulls remained tied with the Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference with two games to go for each team.