Toronto makes New York its fourth straight victim
Last Modified: March 29. 2013 12:46PM
NEW YORK — Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Rudy Gay because Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was just as bad.
Anthony finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds but shot 5 of 24 for the Knicks, who dropped their final two games leading into the All-Star break.
Pistons 96, Wizards 85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Will Bynum scored six of his 20 points in a late run and the Detroit Pistons went on to beat the Washington Wizards 96-85 on Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 76, but Bynum scored six straight points to give Detroit the lead with 3:23 to play. Jose Calderon made the lead nine points with a 3-pointer, and the margin was 11 before John Wall broke Detroit’s surge.
Spurs 96, Cavaliers 95
CLEVELAND — Kawhi Leonard’s 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining gave the San Antonio Spurs a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Leonard’s clutch basket came after Dion Waiters’ jump shot with 9.5 seconds remaining put Cleveland ahead 95-93.
The Spurs, who have won 14 of 15, had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13.
Pacers 101, Bobcats 77
INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Indiana Pacers routed the Charlotte Bobcats.
Tyler Hansbrough tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers starting in place of David West, who was sidelined by an eye injury.
Hawks 108, Magic 76
ORLANDO, Fla. — Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks blew past the Orlando Magic.
The Hawks led by as many as 38 points and decimated the Magic defense on the way to earning their ninth consecutive regular-season win over their division rivals.
Celtics 71, Bulls 69
BOSTON — Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Chicago Bulls.
Paul Pierce went only 2 for 12 from the floor but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim to give Boston a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots.
Nets 119, Nuggets 108
NEW YORK — Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s, and the Brooklyn Nets came away with a victory over the Denver Nuggets.
All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds and Kris Humphries chipped in 14 points for Brooklyn.
The 119 points were a season high for the Nets. They also tied a season-high with 16 3-pointers.
Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93
MINNEAPOLIS — Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power the Utah Jazz to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jefferson helped the Jazz overcome a sluggish start against his former team to pick up a rare road win against a Western Conference opponent. The Jazz now have four wins in 17 road games in the West.
Hornets 99, Trail Blazers 63
NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss.
Davis, who missed all seven of his field goal attempts on Monday night in Detroit, was 10 of 17 against Portland, scoring on an array of dunks, tip-shots and even jumpers from as deep as 20 feet. Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Jason Smith 13, both in reserve roles. Greivis Vasquez had 10 points and eight assists in 26 minutes.
Bucks 94, 76ers 92
MILWAUKEE — Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Samuel Dalembert had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who ended a four-game losing streak. Milwaukee heads into the All-Star break with a four-game lead over the 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.