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"Sitting around watching, you picture yourself making big shots," he said.
Houston hit the tying 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation, Kurt Thomas scored six points in overtime, and the New York Knicks rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 113-107 on Friday night.
"Allan Houston's shot is money. That's why we got him the ball," Thomas said.
Thomas opened overtime with a basket, and the Sixers never led again. Jerome Williams had a three-point play, and Thomas and Jamaal Crawford sealed the win with four free throws in the final 22 seconds.
Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 27 points, Houston had 15, Williams 13, and Thomas 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Kenny Thomas scored a season-high 26 points, and Allen Iverson had 24 for Philadelphia, which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"We just collapsed. It's as simple as that," Iverson said.
After playing only six minutes in the first three quarters, Jerome Williams played the entire fourth quarter and scored eight points. Stephon Marbury scored 10 points in the fourth and made some clutch baskets down the stretch, giving Houston a chance.
Houston, who shot an airball on a three-miss possession on the Knicks' previous trip, delivered with a 3-pointer from the right side with time running out, tying the score 100-all.
"It's a situation I love to be in," said Houston, who spent the first five weeks of the season on the injured list rehabilitating a left knee injury.
With a three-point lead, the Sixers never tried fouling and Andre Iguodala got caught up underneath on a screen, giving Houston some space. New York coach Lenny Wilkens said he was surprised how open Houston was.
"To have a lead and to have it dissipate hurts as much as it can," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "It's not a good feeling, I can assure you of that."
The Sixers had erased an 18-point second-half deficit in a win against Denver on Tuesday.
The Sixers led 90-71 early in the fourth before the Knicks scored 10 straight points to start their run.
Williams made a twisting layup through the lane, and Marbury had a basket to make it 92-85.
Philadelphia clung to a 99-93 lead on Kyle Korver's running jumper with 1:38 left in regulation.
Marbury, though, beat Willie Green on a crossover, spun around another defender and scored on a nice underhand layup. He also made two free throws with 52 seconds left that made it 99-97.
"I would credit Marbury's aggressiveness," O'Brien said. "When he gets in the paint, you have to be ready to step up. You need to keep Marbury in front of you and we did not."
Green made one of two free throws with 4.6 seconds left, giving the Knicks just enough time to get off one last shot.
Houston, still being slowly worked into the rotation, had enough time to get off the 3-pointer. He went 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
Marbury and Williams combined to go 14-for-26 from the floor, and the Knicks shot 42 percent overall. The Knicks made 34 of 36 free throws; the Sixers were just 17-for-27.
Green finished with 14 points for the Sixers, Marc Jackson added 13, and Andre Iguodala had 11.
The Sixers -- who went ahead in the second quarter -- didn't trail again until the first basket of overtime.
Temple women's basketball coach and Olympian Dawn Staley was honored by the 76ers as an everyday hero in the community. ... Kurt Thomas and Crawford were whistled for technicals. ... Sixers G John Salmons left in the second quarter with bronchitis. He didn't return. ... Iverson went down briefly midway through the third, grabbing his right thigh, but stayed in the game. ... Philadelphia activated G Kevin Ollie and placed F Josh Davis on the injured list.