Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79, over the 76ers Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leaders. Lin was 10 for 10 from the free throw line.
Elton Brand had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday scored 16.
The game ended with thousands of New York fans chanting, “Let’s go Knicks!” They had reason to celebrate after Stoudemire hit a pair of big buckets down the stretch to clinch the win.
The Sixers shook off a miserable start and a double-digit hole to make a run at the Knicks in the fourth. Lou Williams, perhaps the NBA’s best sixth man, nailed a 3 that tied the game at 63-all.
The Sixers never led and trailed by as many as 12 points in the third.
Nuggets 116, Pistons 115 – JaVale McGee rebounded a missed free throw following a basket with five seconds remaining and dunked to lift host Denver over Detroit.
Not a bad Denver debut for McGee (15 points), who completed a 4-point possession that salvaged Denver’s dignity after the Nuggets blew a 25-point lead.
Detroit’s Ben Gordon scored 45 points and made all nine of his 3-pointers, tying an NBA record.
Wizards 108, Nets 89 – Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his debut with his new team, helping Washington defeat host New Jersey. Nene, acquired in a three-team trade involving the Wizards, Clippers and Nuggets, hit 9 of 13 shots to come within 3 points of his season high.
Lakers 109, Mavericks 93 – Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, Pau Gasol added 27 points and nine rebounds, and visiting Los Angeles stopped Dallas’s four-game winning streak.
Hawks 103, Cavaliers 102 – Joe Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and knocked down a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left in overtime to lead host Atlanta past Cleveland. The Hawks rallied from 16 points down early and a 6-point deficit in overtime.
Thunder 114, Clippers 91 – Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and host Oklahoma City shut down Blake Griffin (career-low 7 points) and Los Angeles.
Magic 103, Suns 93 – Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds, and host Orlando snapped a two-game skid.
Bulls 94, Raptors 82 – John Lucas scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and visiting Chicago rallied from 12 points down in the second half to beat Toronto.
Spurs 116, Timberwolves 100 – Tim Duncan had 21 points and 15 rebounds to help host San Antonio put away Minnesota.
Warriors 101, Hornets 92 – Rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, David Lee added 25 and visiting Golden State ended a four-game losing streak.
Source: The Associated Press