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Knicks send Nets back to losing ways, win 106-97

Dec 7, 2009 - 12:09 AM By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK(AP) -- Larry Hughes scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter, and the New York Knicks sent the New Jersey Nets back to their losing ways with a 106-97 victory Sunday.

Al Harrington had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who capped a strong week with their third win in four games. New York routed Phoenix and won at Atlanta during the week, with its only loss coming at Eastern Conference champion Orlando. David Lee added 24 points and nine boards.

The Nets beat Charlotte on Friday for their first victory after NBA-record 18 straight losses to begin the season and seemed headed toward a second straight after playing their best half of the season Sunday.

But Hughes woke the Knicks with his big third quarter.