NBA roundup: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks snap 76ers 6-game winning streak

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11 2012 11:45 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and the nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped the Philadelphia 76ers' six-game winning streak with an 85-79 victory Wednesday night.

Amare Stoudemire added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Josh Harrellson had 13 desperately needed points from the bench to help the Knicks win their fourth in a row and improve to 6-4 — the first time they've been two games over .500 this season.

Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner each scored 16 points for the 76ers, who were playing from behind nearly the entire way while trying to become the second team this season to win three games in three nights. They outscored opponents by 16 points per game during their 7-2 start, but trailed by 17 in this one.

PACERS 96, HAWKS 84: At IndianapolisDannyGranger scored 24 points to break out of a shooting slump, and RoyHibbert added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Indiana past Atlanta.

The Pacers improved to 7-3, matching their best start since 2005-06. Indiana also is 4-0 at home for the first time since winning its first seven home games in 2002-03.

JoshSmith led Atlanta with 16 points, and JoeJohnson had 15.

Granger was 9 of 16 from the field, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Granger and Hibbert scored all the points as the Pacers, up 53-50 at the half, put together a 16-2 run in the third quarter to make it 71-54 with 5:07 to go in the period.

KINGS 98, RAPTORS 91: At Toronto, TyrekeEvans scored a season-high 29 points, and DeMarcusCousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to help Sacramento beat Toronto for its first road victory of the season.

IsaiahThomas scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and JimmerFredette had 10 for the Kings.

LeandroBarbosa scored a season-high 24 points for Toronto.

The Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto dating to February 2004.

MAVERICKS 90, CELTICS 85: At Boston, DirkNowitzki scored 16 points, driving past KevinGarnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left in Dallas' victory over Boston.

Dallas led most of the game, but PaulPierce hit a 3-pointer — just his second basket of the night — to tie it at 85 with 25 seconds to play. FormerCelticDelonteWest dribbled the clock down to about 10 seconds before giving it to Nowitzki. The NBA finals MVP cut to the basket past Garnett and picked up a foul from BrandonBass while floating the ball into the basket.

RajonRondo scored 24 points for Boston and Garnett had 16 points with 10 rebounds. The Celtics have lost two straight since winning four in a row.

Dallas has won three straight to improve to 6-5.

BULLS 78, WIZARDS 64: At Chicago, JohnLucasIII scored a career-high 25 points filling in for injured DerrickRose and Chicago beat Washington for its third victory in three nights.

Lucas, starting for the first time in his 70-game NBA career, was at the point in place of Rose who was out with a sprained big left toe. Lucas played 45 minutes, had eight assists, eight rebounds and hit 11 of 28 shots. KyleKorver added 14 points, and LuolDeng had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bulls are tied for NBA lead with Oklahoma City at 10-2.

JordanCrawford had 14 points for Washington. The Wizards dropped to 1-9 a night after beating Toronto for their first victory.

THUNDER 95, HORNETS 85: At New Orleans, KevinDurant had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Durant hit 11 of his last 14 shots after missing his first three. He took over in the third quarter, scoring 11 points in the first 8 minutes to help the Thunder extend a two-point halftime lead to 12 points. The Hornets pulled within four early in the fourth, but never threatened after that.

RussellWestbrook had 22 points and seven assists, and JamesHarden added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which won its fifth in a row to improve to 10-2. ChrisKaman and CarlLandry had 17 points each for New Orleans, which lost for the seventh time in eight games.

SPURS 101, ROCKETS 95, OT: At San Antonio, TonyParker hit four free throws late in overtime to lift San Antonio past Houston.

Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting to lead the Spurs. TimDuncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and KawhiLeonard added 11 points.

KyleLowry scored 22 points for Houston, and LuisScola had 20. KevinMartin added 18, and PatrickPatterson had 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Spurs are 7-0 at home and 0-4 on the road. The last time the Spurs won seven straight at home to start a season was when they went 13-0 in 2007-08.

NUGGETS 123, NETS 115: At Denver, DaniloGallinari scored 22 points, ArronAfflalo and CoreyBrewer each had 19 points and Denver beat New Jersey.

JordanFarmar had a game-high 26 points, AnthonyMorrow scored 23 points and DeronWilliams had 16 points and 13 assists for New Jersey. The Nets set a season high for 3-pointers with 20. Farmar was 6 for 8 from behind the arc and Morrow hit 5 of 9.

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