If nothing else, the New York Knicks can pack 'em in.
New York continued along its dismal way Thursday night, losing 102-92 to the Chicago Bulls.Nonetheless, the game was noteworthy for New Yorkers who pride themselves on their hoop history.
A soldout crowd of 19,081 pushed New York's 45-year-old franchise home attendance to 20,012,325. New York is the first NBA franchise to surpass 20 million in home attendance.
And has been the case most of the season, the fans who filled the seats at Madison Square Garden were treated to a better game by the opposition. New York fell to 10-15 at home with Michael Jordan, backed by a strong showing from B.J. Armstrong off the bench, putting the Knicks away in the final period.
The Knicks' season seems all but settled as they start the second half of the season with the same lack of intensity that marred the first half.
"It would have given us impetus," said New York Coach John MacLeod on what could have been with a victory. "It would have given us momentum."
Armstrong accounted for 8 of his 14 points in the first five minutes of the final period to help the Bulls pull away from a 77-72 lead to an 88-78 advantage with 7:20 left. The Chicago reserves outscored New York's 27-14.
Heat 141, Nuggets 112
At Miami, rookies Alec Kessler and Willie Burton led Miami on a 21-3 run to open the second quarter to lead the Heat. The 141 points broke the Miami franchise record of 134 points set Feb. 6 in a victory at New Jersey.
Rockets 129, Bullets 117
At Houston, Otis Thorpe scored 28 points and Vernon Maxwell finished with 26 for the Rockets, who have won eight of their last 11 games. Bernard King scored 29 points and Ledell Eackles added 21 for the Bullets, who have lost eight of their last 11.
Sonics 102, Magic 90
At Orlando, Fla., reserves Sedale Threatt and Olden Polynice teamed with starting forward Derrick McKey on a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to lift Seattle. The Magic had a four-game winning streak stopped.
Suns 106, Spurs 97
At San Antonio, Texas, Tom Chambers scored 37 points and touched off an 11-2 run in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.
Pistons 102, Bucks 94
At Milwaukee, Joe Dumars converted a three-point play with 19 seconds left and scored a season-high 31 points for the Pistons.
Celtics 128, Warriors 112
At Oakland, Calif., Larry Bird scored 29 points as Boston pulled away late in the third quarter to take its fifth straight victory.
Kings 98, 76ers 81
At Sacramento, Calif., rookie Lionel Simmons scored a season-high 38 points, including 25 in the first half, to lead the Kings.