NEW ORLEANS (TICKER) —If the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Hornets do not settle their contest at New Orleans Arena in regulation on Wednesday, they will set an NBA record for most overtime contests between two opponents in a single season.
Each of the teams’ first three games this season went into overtime, tying the league record last achieved by Miami and Cleveland during the 2001-02 campaign.
New Orleans won the first two games, including a 105-97 triumph here on November 22, but New York won the last contest, 92-86, at home eight days later.
The Hornets have lost three of five after winning eight in a row. On Saturday, they capped a 2-2 road trip with a 96-86 setback at Orlando.
New Orleans also was outrebounded for the first time in 21 games.
New York rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat San Antonio on Tuesday, 105-97, becoming the first Eastern Conference team to win at the SBC Center.
Allan Houston, who shot 14-of-22 overall and 6-of-9 from the arc, scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter in the win. Houston has scored 86 points over his last two games.
The Knicks, who have won back-to-back games, are trying to match their longest winning streak of the season, which they most recently accomplished from January 18-22.
New York is just two games behind Milwaukee and Washington, which are tied for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. New Orleans is in sixth place.