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Rockets pound Knicks

The Houston Rockets dominated the third quarter as they roared past the New York Knicks 96-76 Saturday night.

Houston covered the 6.5-point spread at home, while the combined 172 points fell well UNDER the posted total of 205.

Rafer Alston had 17 points with six rebounds and six assists for the Rockets. Luis Scola tossed in 18 points with 11 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

Tim Thomas netted 18 points for the Knicks, and Nate Robinson had 17 in the loss.