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February 20. 2013 3:50AM
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PHILADELPHIA — Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 35 points, Nick Young had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 97-80 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.


Evan Turner also added 20 points for the Sixers, who led from the start and beat the Knicks for the first time in four tries and second in eight games.


Carmelo Anthony needed 28 shots to get 25 points. He has 28 straight 20-point games, tied with Patrick Ewing for second-longest streak in franchise history. Richie Guerin did it 29 games in a row in 1961-62.


It was a great day for hoops at the Wells Fargo Center. In a game that tipped off eight hours earlier, Villanova knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 75-71 in overtime for its second victory over a top 5 team in five days.


The Atlantic Division-leading Knicks, who are second in the Eastern Conference, have lost five of eight.


Amare Stoudemire had 20 points for New York. Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith combined to go 0 for 17. Kidd had zero assists in 15 minutes.


The Sixers opened an eight-game homestand, their longest since 1986, with only their third win in 11 games. They're 8-19 since a 10-6 start.


Holiday, selected to his first All-Star team this week, took control right from the start. He scored eight points in the first three-plus minutes as the Sixers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and never let up.


Holiday hit a 3-pointer to make it 46-36 late in the second. After baskets by Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, Holiday scored on a driving layup and made a free throw to complete a 3-point play.




Cavaliers 99, Raptors 98

TORONTO — Kyrie Irving made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a victory over the Toronto Raptors.


Headed to his first All-Star game, Irving added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to send the Cavaliers to their third straight win.


Irving finished with 32 points and Marreese Speights had 17 for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 and Wayne Ellington had 12.


Wizards 86, Bulls 73

WASHINGTON — Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds, helping the surging Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 86-73 on Saturday night.


John Wall and Nene scored 16 points for Washington, which has won consecutive games for the second time this season. The Wizards have won five straight at home for the first time in five years, and seven of 10 overall.


It's a marked improvement from the start of the season, when Washington (11-31) dropped 28 of its first 32 games.


Bobcats 102, Timberwolves 101

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gerald Henderson hit a 3-pointer from 25 feet with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Charlotte Bobcats to a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, snapping a 16-game home losing streak.


The Bobcats streak was stopped two short of the NBA record held by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.


Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 25 points and Ramon Sessions finished with 23 as the Bobcats won at home for the first time since Nov. 21.


Luke Ridnour had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Minnesota, which has lost nine of 10.


Trailing by two, the Bobcats were struggling to get a shot off before the 24-second shot clock expired. A scramble ensued as the ball was knocked into the backcourt late in the possession.


Rockets 119, Nets 106

HOUSTON — James Harden scored 29 points, Chandler Parsons added 16 points and a career-high 11 assists and the Houston Rockets beat Brooklyn for their 12th consecutive win over the Nets.


Omer Asik had 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who outrebounded the Nets 50-31 and outscored Brooklyn 60-24 in the paint.


Bucks 109, Warriors 102

MILWAUKEE — Brandon Jennings scored 20 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Golden State Warriors Saturday night.


Milwaukee's Monta Ellis scored 20 points against his former team, while Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Larry Sanders added 16 points and 11 rebounds.


Stephen Curry led Golden State with 26 points. Klay Thompson added 19. David Lee added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.



Spurs 108, Suns 99

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs collected their eighth consecutive win by shutting down the Phoenix Suns in the final quarter for a victory.


Manu Ginobili added 20 points, Tiago Splitter had 13, Boris Diaw finished with 11 for San Antonio (36-11), which has won 16 in a row at home.




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