2006_11_sknickslogo.jpg-Timberwolves 107, Knicks 89: Lackadaisical defense and inconsistent offense plagued the Knicks, who have lost three straight since undressing the Heat in Miami on Friday. Minnesota torched the Knicks by shooting 53 percent from the floor, and New York couldn't make the most of its shots. Quentin Richardson, one player who has appeared to benefit from Isiah Thomas' coaching, did not score and didn't attempt a field goal in 18 minutes. At least Steve Francis took his demotion from the starting lineup well -- he scored 19 points, including eight of nine free throws. The Knicks are 0-8 when they score fewer than 100 points.

-Blazers 100, Nets 97: New Jersey once held a 14-point lead, but poor defense down the stretch let Portland take advantage during the Nets' third conecutive loss. For the second straight game in the Pacific Northwest, the Nets had a come-from-ahead defeat. Richard Jefferson had 16 points in his second game back from what has been called a "severely sprained ankle," so the game wasn't all bad news.

-Coyotes 3, Devils 1: You can't score if you don't shoot. New Jersey shot 15 times, including just 10 in the first two periods. It's a minor miracle John Madden got one of those home for the lone Devils goal.

-Islanders 4, Hurricanes 2: Alexei Yashin had a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who scored three of their four in the third period to win at home against the defending Stanley Cup champions.