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PHOENIX (AP) _ Allan Houston scored 24 points as the New York Knicks defeated the Phoenix Suns 98-91 in a preseason game Wednesday night.

The Knicks led 93-91 before Latrell Sprewell made four free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

Sprewell finished with 22 points and Kurt Thomas had 18 for the Knicks (3-2), who played on back-to-back nights for the first time in the preseason. The Knicks lost at Utah Tuesday night.

Shawn Marion led Phoenix (2-1) with 27 points.

Sprewell and Othella Harrington each scored 11 points in the first half and New York led 49-39 at intermission. The Suns shot just 35 percent (15-of-42) from the field in the first half.

The Suns trailed 76-63 heading into the fourth quarter. Rodney Rogers hit three 3-pointers to help the Suns pull back into the game.

Both Phoenix's Penny Hardaway and New York's Clarence Weatherspoon missed the game due to personal reasons. Also missing were the Suns' Dan Majerle, who had surgery Wednesday on his ring finger and is expected to be out two to four weeks, and New York's Marcus Camby, who had a sore left foot.