NBA Roundup: Melo scores 40 in Knicks’ win
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BLAZERS 102, T’WOLVES 97
MINNEAPOLIS — Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead Portland past injury-depleted Minnesota. The Blazers made a season-high 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.