BOSTON - Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and won his rematch with Kevin Garnett as the New York Knicks ended an 11-game losing streak in Boston with an 89-86 victory over the Celtics on Thursday night.
It came 17 days after a verbal clash between the All-Star forwards led to Anthony's one-game suspension following Boston's 102-96 victory in New York.
Anthony was booed frequently Thursday but there was no sign of hostility with Garnett.
At one point, Anthony even extended his hand to a fallen Garnett and helped the Celtic to his feet.
Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Garnett had only eight points but finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.
There were 17 lead changes in the game but none in the fourth quarter.
• Raptors 97, Magic 95: In Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan swished a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as Toronto fought off a late-game charge by the Magic to win.
It was a wild offensive night on both ends, featuring 12 lead changes and 12 players reaching double figures.
DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points, followed by Amir Johnson with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was Johnson's sixth double-double of the season.
The victory gave the Raptors a four-game season sweep of the Magic.
• Clippers vs. Suns: In Phoenix, late.
Hornets will become Pelicans next year
• Hornets owner Tom Benson is changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans and said the switch will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship.
The New Orleans Hornets announced Thursday they are going ahead with the name change. The NBA still has to approve it, but Commissioner David Stern has said he wouldn't object to any name Benson chose. The league is expected to expedite the change at the start of next season.
The new color scheme is blue, gold and red, a departure from the Hornets' teal, purple, gold and white.
The Hornets have been in New Orleans since moving from Charlotte for the 2002-03 season, although they were relocated temporarily to Oklahoma City from 2005-07 due to Hurricane Katrina.