NBA: Anthony's 40 propels Knicks to 10th straight win

2013-04-04T00:00:00Z NBA: Anthony's 40 propels Knicks to 10th straight winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ATLANTA - Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points - giving him 90 in two nights - and Raymond Felton had three straight baskets in a key run, helping the Knicks beat the Hawks 95-82 on Wednesday night for their 10th straight victory.

Anthony, coming off a 50-point game in a win over Miami on Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free-throw line.

Felton sparked a 12-2 run that turned a tie game into an 84-74 lead for the Knicks. He scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference.

• Nuggets 113, Jazz 96: In Salt Lake City, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points, including nine straight in the fourth quarter, and Denver ended Utah's winning streak at five.

The Jazz fell a half-game behind the idle Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot.

• Clippers 126, Suns 101: In Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Paul added 14 points and 12 assists, and Los Angeles led all the way in earning its franchise-record 50th win.

Willie Green and Caron Butler scored 15 points each for the Clippers. Wesley Johnson scored 20 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 18 for the last-place Suns, who have lost seven straight.

• Celtics 98, Pistons 93: In Boston, Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a three-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap Boston's two-minute scoring drought, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth by beating Detroit.

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 points apiece for the Celtics, who had lost two straight and seven of their previous nine.

• Spurs 98, Magic 84: In San Antonio, Danny Green scored 20 points and Gary Neal added 16 to pace San Antonio.

A 14-2 run that included a pair of three-pointers by Green midway through the fourth finally allowed the Spurs to take control. Before the run, San Antonio appeared sluggish and unable to pull away from the Magic, which was within four points with 10:37 remaining.

• Grizzlies 94, Trail Blazers 76: In Portland, Ore., Mike Conley scored 20 points, and Memphis set a franchise record for wins in a season with their 51st.

With four straight wins, Memphis is 51-24, surpassing its 50-win season in 2003-04. The Grizzlies have clinched a spot in the playoffs and are jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round.

• Rockets 112, Kings 102: In Sacramento, Calif., Chandler Parsons scored 29 points, and James Harden added 21

Parsons (food poisoning) and Harden (foot), the team's two leading scorers, returned to the lineup to help the Rockets win their third straight and eighth in 11 games.

• Nets 113, Cavaliers 95: In Cleveland, Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip with an easy victory.

The Nets shot 83 percent in the second quarter, when they opened a 30-point lead.

• Warriors 98, Hornets 88: In Oakland, Calif., David Lee had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 20 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors shook off a slow start to ease past New Orleans.

• Timberwolves 107, Bucks 98: In Milwaukee, Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points, and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead Minnesota past Milwaukee.

• Bobcats 88, 76ers 83: In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, and Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals.

• Raptors 88, Wizards 78: In Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He was 16 of 18 from the free-throw line.

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