Long after Phil Jackson acknowledged the cheering fans with a thumbs up and then a wave, there was one more standing ovation inside Madison Square Garden. This one went to the New York Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and New York opened the Jackson era by beating the Indiana Pacers, 92-86, Wednesday night for its seventh straight victory.
With their new team president watching from a midcourt seat, the Knicks dominated the first half, then pulled away after the Eastern Conference leaders finally got on track in the second. The Knicks are four games out of a playoff spot.
at Boston 101, Miami 96: Rajon Rondo hit two running baseline shots in the last two minutes and the Celtics capitalized on the absence of LeBron James to beat the Heat. One night after scoring 43 points against Cleveland, James sat out because of back spasms.
Chicago 102, at Philadelphia 94: D.J. Augustin scored 20 points, Taj Gibson had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulls handed the 76ers their 22nd straight loss. Thaddeus Young scored 24 points for the 76ers.
at Brooklyn 104, Charlotte 99: Deron Williams scored 23 points, Joe Johnson had 20 and the Nets overcame a late deficit to win their 10th straight at home.
Minnesota 123, at Dallas 122 (OT): Kevin Love scored 35 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, Ricky Rubio had a triple-double and the Timberwolves blew several leads before hanging on to beat the Mavericks.
Toronto 107, at New Orleans 100: DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Greivis Vasquez hurt his former team with six points in the last two minutes to help the Raptors defeat the Pelicans.
at Memphis 96, Utah 86: Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol had 20 and the Grizzlies maintained their hold on a Western Conference playoff spot with the victory over the Jazz.
at Denver 118, Detroit 109: Aaron Brooks had 27 points and a career-high 17 assists to lead the Nuggets past the Pistons for their fourth win in five games. Randy Foye scored 22 points for Denver.
at Phoenix 109, Orlando 93: Goran Dragic scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense and the Suns used a 23-3 run in the second-half to beat the Magic, which is 1-22 on the road since mid-December.