Friday, January 4, 2013
Updated: January 6, 12:11 AM ET
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Carmelo Anthony scored 16 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, helping the New York Knicks top the Orlando Magic 114-106 on Saturday night.
J.R. Smith added 18 points for New York, and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks have won two straight overall and four in a row over the Magic, dating to last season.
Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson each had 29 points for the Magic, and Nik Vucevic contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds.
Orlando outrebounded New York 45-40, but had 14 turnovers as its longest losing streak of the season reached eight games.
The Magic flipped a four-point halftime deficit into an 89-81 lead entering the fourth. The Knicks rallied using their size, going up 99-97 on a dunk by Chandler with 5:14 left.
HORNETS 99, MAVERICKS 96, OT
DALLAS -- Eric Gordon completed a three-point play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and New Orleans spoiled Dallas' first game this season with Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup.
After a timeout, O.J. Mayo was beyond the 3-point line when Gordon went up the air and by him. Gordon's foot made contact with the ball, knocking it loose. Instead of a foul, officials called it a kicked ball. Dallas got one more chance but Vince Carter's shot from the right corner ricocheted off the rim.
Nowitzki had a team-high 20 points in 34 minutes, his most extensive action this season. He missed a free throw with 18 seconds left in regulation that would have put the Mavericks ahead by a point.
Greivis Vasquez had 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, but missed a final shot at the end of regulation. Vasquez also had nine assists.
PACERS 95, BUCKS 80
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Indiana past Milwaukee.
Hibbert grabbed a career-high 11 offensive rebounds as the Pacers won their seventh straight home game. George Hill added 14 points after missing Indiana's previous three games with a right thigh contusion.
The Bucks scored the first six points of the third to grab a 53-52 lead. But the Pacers responded with an 8-0 run and cruised from there.
Indiana, which lost in Boston on Friday night, hasn't lost consecutive games since falling to Denver on Dec. 7 and at Oklahoma City on Dec. 9.
Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 21 points.
CELTICS 89, HAWKS 81
ATLANTA -- Rajon Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat Atlanta.
Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter as the Celtics erased a 19-point deficit and went on to consecutive wins for the first time since late November against Oklahoma City and Orlando.
Boston, which beat Indiana 94-75 on Friday night, had lost four straight road games.
Lou Williams scored 21 of his 28 points in the first half for Atlanta, which has lost two straight.
NETS 113, KINGS 93
NEW YORK -- Brook Lopez scored 18 points in 17 minutes to lead six players in double figures, and Brooklyn got a nice effort from their reserves for its third straight victory.
One night after needing two overtimes to escape with a 115-113 victory in Washington, the Nets made sure the starters weren't too taxed. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson both scored 15 points, but neither had to play even 30 minutes.
Reserves MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche each scored 15 points and Mirza Teletovic had a career-best 14 as the Nets scored a season-high 65 points in the first half and improved to 5-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who had won four of five overall and two straight on the road but were defenseless in the finale of their four-game trip.
ROCKETS 112, CAVALIERS 104
CLEVELAND -- James Harden scored 29 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and Houston beat Cleveland.
Jeremy Lin added 20 points for Houston, which has won 11 of its last 14.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 30 points, including 11 in the final period, but the Cavaliers fell short of winning two in a row for the second time this season.
Harden, who had four points in the first half, made 6 of 17 field-goal attempts, but was 14 of 15 at the line and had a career-high seven steals. He came into the game averaging 26.3 points and has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last 16 games.
TRAIL BLAZERS 102, TIMBERWOLVES 97
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead Portland past injury-depleted Minnesota.
The Trail Blazers made 16 3-pointers and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves to win for the 10th time in 13 games and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
Nikola Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 21 points but left the game in the third quarter because of a left hip strain. Only hours earlier, Minnesota learned it lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury.
The banged-up Timberwolves -- who dressed only 10 players -- also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms.
Damian Lillard had 20 points for the Blazers.
SPURS 109, 76ERS 86
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker had 20 points and Manu Ginobili added 19 and San Antonio routed Philadelphia.
Tim Duncan added 16 points, Danny Green had 13 and Gary Neal had 12 for San Antonio, which has won 10 straight at home. Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Spencer Hawes had a game-high 22 points for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight and five of six.
Evan Turner added 12 points and Thaddeus Young, Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday each added 11.
San Antonio rebounded from a blowout loss Thursday against the New York Knicks to improve to 14-2 at home.
NUGGETS 110, JAZZ 91
DENVER -- Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points and Denver rebounded from a rare home loss to beat Utah.
Andre Iguodala added 18 points and Kenneth Faried had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who improved to 11-2 at home this season after their eight-game winning streak at the Pepsi Center was snapped Thursday in a loss to Minnesota.
The Nuggets extended their recent success against Utah at home, winning for the eighth time in the past 10 meetings between the teams at the Pepsi Center.
Paul Millsap had 15 points to lead the Jazz, who were without center Enes Kanter (ankle) and guard Mo Williams (right thumb surgery).