NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points to set a team-record with his 30th straight 20-point game, leading the New York Knicks to a 113-97 victory over the reeling Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Anthony's scoring tended to overshadow outstanding games by New York big men Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire, who combined for 35 points on 17-for-18 shooting from the field against the Magic. Orlando lost its seventh straight and 18th in 20 games.
Chandler finished with 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting, along with seven rebounds and a season-high five assists. Stoudemire hit all seven of his shots and scored 14 points as the Knicks beats Orlando for the third time this season.
JJ Redick scored 29 points and fellow guard Jameer Nelson added 21 for Orlando.
HAWKS 93, RAPTORS 92
ATLANTA (AP) — Al Horford scored 22 points, including a go-ahead dunk with 21 seconds remaining, and Atlanta beat short-handed Toronto.
Longtime Raptors guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis gave farewell hugs to their teammates about an hour before the game as word leaked of a trade that will send small forward Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points. John Lucas added a season-high 19 points, Alan Anderson had 15 points and Aaron Gray had eight points and 11 rebounds.
Josh Smith added 20 points and 11 rebounds and Kyle Korver, who made five 3-pointers, had 17. Horford had 10 rebounds.
HEAT 105, NETS 85
LeBron James had 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Miami blew out Brooklyn in the second half its 13th win in a row over the Nets.
Dwyane Wade added 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 for the Heat, who outscored the Nets 56-36 in the second half after it was tied at halftime.
In their first game since falling in double overtime Sunday at Boston, the Heat made sure this would be a much easier night. James, Wade and Bosh were all on the bench long before the end, and Miami shot 52 per cent from the field and made 11 of 19 3-pointers.
Brook Lopez, chosen to his first All-Star team Wednesday, scored 21 points for the Nets, who had their eight-game home winning streak snapped.
76ERS 92, WIZARDS 84
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jrue Holiday scored 21 points, Nick Young had 18 and struggling Philadelphia got a rare win.
Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for just the fourth time in 13 games and seventh in 24.
Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Nene scored 16 and Martell Webster got 15 for Washington.
The Wizards dropped to 6-5 since John Wall returned from a knee injury. They were 5-28 without him and entered with the second-worst record in the NBA. Wall had nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.
The Sixers are three games into an eight-game homestand and need to use the home-court advantage to make up some ground in the playoff race. They entered three games behind Boston for the final spot in the East.
CELTICS 99, KINGS 81
BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 16 points and Boston won its second game since losing Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury.
The Celtics charged to a 59-38 halftime lead as they hit 62.5 per cent of their shots. They led by at least 14 points the rest of the way against the team that allowed an NBA-worst average of 103.2 points going into the game.
Boston won despite losing another starter when forward Jared Sullinger left just over four minutes into the game with back spasms and didn't return.
Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 for the Kings, who had beaten the Celtics 118-96 in Sacramento on Dec. 30 but fell to 5-18 on the road.
PACERS 98, PISTONS 79
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Indiana snap a three-game skid.
David West scored 14 points and Lance Stephenson added 12 points and 11 boards for the Pacers.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rodney Stuckey scored 14 points for the Pistons, who have lost four of the last five.
Stephenson scored eight points as the Pacers went on an 18-2 run in the second quarter to take a 54-36 lead at halftime.
The Pistons played without forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye, who were listed as inactive before the game and are part of a three-team trade that will send them to Memphis. Indiana is acquiring Jose Calderon from Toronto and the Grizzlies are sending Rudy Gay to Toronto.
BULLS 104, BUCKS 88
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nate Robinson scored 16 of his 24 points in the second quarter, leading Chicago past Milwaukee.
Jimmy Butler, a second-year pro from Marquette, had 18 points and five rebounds in a return to the arena where he played college basketball.
Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and seven rebounds.
Chicago broke open the game midway through the second quarter, using a 20-4 run to take a 49-30 lead. The run included a long 3-point shot by Robinson, who capped the rally with a driving layup and made the ensuing free throw.
Robinson, who also had a breakaway dunk during the run, shot 7 for 9 from the floor during the quarter to help Chicago take a 55-37 lead at the half.
CLIPPERS 96, TIMBERWOLVES 90
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points and 12 boards to lift Los Angeles.
Caron Butler had 19 points, and Jamal Crawford scored 17 for the Clippers.
Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who had coach Rick Adelman on the sideline for the first time since Jan. 5. Adelman missed the previous 11 games while his wife sought treatment for seizures.
Tempers flared in the first half when Matt Barnes was ejected and Wolves centre Greg Stiemsma floored Grant Hill. But the Clippers got physical and handed the Wolves their fifth straight loss.
SPURS 102, BOBCATS 78
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 22 points and the Spurs never trailed in extending their winning streak to nine games.
Kawhi Leonard added 18 points, Danny Green had 17 and Tiago Splitter 15 for San Antonio, which has won 17 straight at home.
Ramon Sessions came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points for Charlotte, which has lost five of six. Kemba Walker (16 points) and Ben Gordon (11) were the only other Bobcats in double figures.
With coach Gregg Popovich back on the bench after missing three games with an illness, San Antonio went 9 for 16 on 3s (56 per cent) and shot 55 per cent from the field.
JAZZ 104, HORNETS 99
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Al Jefferson had 22 and Utah beat New Orleans.
Ryan Anderson's 3-pointer with 15 seconds left pulled the Hornets within 100-97, but Randy Foye and Millsap each hit two free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Coming off a 45-point loss to Houston on Monday, the Jazz trailed by 12 points in the first quarter before rallying to take a 10-point lead with about 7 minutes remaining.
Anthony Davis nearly brought the Hornets all the way back with an eight-point fourth quarter. He pulled them to 95-94 with 2:18 remaining but Millsap and Jefferson hit back-to-back shots to seal the win.
Greivis Vasquez led the Hornets with 17 points but made just 8 of 21 shots.
Millsap added 10 rebounds and two blocks.
NUGGETS 118, ROCKETS 110
DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 27 points, Kenneth Faried had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Denver to its fifth straight win.
Andre Iguodala had 15 points for the Nuggets, who beat Houston for the third time this season.
Jeremy Lin scored 22 points to lead the Rockets and James Harden and Chandler Parsons added 21 each. Houston had won three straight, including a 45-point win at Utah on Monday.
Two 3-pointers by Gallinari and some missed shots by the Rockets sparked a 24-3 Nuggets run that gave them a 101-88 lead with 6:54 left.
Houston clawed back and pulled to 106-102 with 2:55 left, but consecutive buckets by Andre Miller and Ty Lawson made it an eight-point game and Denver closed it out.
SUNS 92, LAKERS 86
PHOENIX (AP) — Michael Beasley scored a season-high 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 13 down in the fourth quarter to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their eighth straight road loss.
The dramatic comeback came in Steve Nash's first game in Phoenix since he left for the Lakers after last season.
The Lakers, who had won three straight — all at home, lost Dwight Howard when he reinjured his right shoulder with 6:57 to play.
Beasley, whose previous season best of 25 came two games earlier, scored on a scrambling layup as the shot clock was expiring to put the Suns ahead 88-86 with 43.8 seconds to play.
Kobe Bryant had 17 points and nine assists, but missed what would have been the tying layup with 24 seconds to play.