NEW YORK — The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory.
Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks' 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA's scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five straight 35-point games.
Iman Shumpert added 18 points for the Knicks, who negated a height disadvantage by tying a franchise record with 20 3-pointers. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each added 17 points.
On their longest winning streak since winning 15 in a row from March 1 to April 2, 1994, the Knicks can tie the franchise record of 18 in a row, set early in their first NBA championship season of 1969-70, by winning their final five games.
John Wall scored 33 points for the Wizards.
HEAT 94, BUCKS 83
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 28 points, Udonis Haslem had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Miami moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage in the playoffs with a win over Milwaukee.
The Heat tied a franchise single-season record by winning for the 61st time, getting there with five games remaining. Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed for the entirety of the playoffs.
Norris Cole and Ray Allen each scored 11 for the Heat, who played without an injured Dwyane Wade and an ill Chris Bosh.
Brandon Jennings scored 30 points for the Bucks, who will likely meet Miami in the first round.
THUNDER 90, JAZZ 80
SALT LAKE CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 25 points, Kevin Durant added 21 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 90-80 on Tuesday night.
The Thunder continued their push to claim the top overall seed in the West, while the Jazz lost some momentum in their battle with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot. Utah entered with a half-game lead and the tiebreaker over the Lakers, who faced New Orleans.
Paul Millsap's dunk pulled Utah within four, but Durant hit two free throws and Westbrook stole the inbound pass to seal it for the Thunder.
Mo Williams led the Jazz with 19 points.
PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 94
INDIANAPOLIS — George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help Indiana rally from a 20-point deficit for a win over Cleveland.
Paul George chipped in with 14 points, Lance Stephenson had 13 and Tyler Hansbrough 12 for the Pacers, who can clinch the No. 3 seed in the East with a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Indiana native Tyler Zeller had 18 before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which allowed the Pacers to break off a 25-4 run in the fourth for a 93-92 lead.
George hit s 3 with 29.9 seconds left and Jeff Pendergraph drew a charge on Irving to seal it.
GRIZZLIES 94, BOBCATS 75
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis beat Charlotte.
Memphis won its 13th straight at home, tying a franchise record with its 31st home win.
Kemba Walker scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats, and Gerald Henderson had 13.
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