Miami’s stars hold off Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, 93-85
LeBron James had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 28 points and nine boards, and the Miami Heat overcame Carmelo Anthony’s 42 points to beat the New York Knicks, 93-85, on Sunday to clinch the Southeast Division title.
Originally scheduled to be here in November, the Heat’s lone regular-season game in New York came with the compressed regular season coming to a close — and with a chance they’ll be back again soon.
“This is obviously a lot of our favorite places to play, but I think it came at a good time for us,” Wade said. “We were struggling, as in to play a complete game on the road, and what better place to come in and focus then here, where this team has been playing well and can embarrass you if you don’t play your game.”
Chris Bosh finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who pulled away in the fourth quarter of a possible playoff preview.
Boston 94, at Charlotte 82: Rajon Rondo had 20 points and 16 assists to help the Celtics, who played without Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, who all were given the night off to rest.
Toronto 102, at Atlanta 86: DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for the injury-riddled Raptors in their second straight win over a playoff-bound team. Alan Anderson, one of three Toronto players whose 10-day contract is about to expire, added 16 points for the Raptors, who were coming off an 84-79 win against Boston.
Chicago 100, at Detroit 94: Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, as the Bulls beat the Pistons for the 15th straight time. Rodney Stuckey scored 32 points for the Pistons, but he missed two crucial free throws late in the fourth quarter.
Orlando 100, at Cleveland 84: Jameer Nelson scored 21 points for the Magic, who led from wire-to-wire. Glen Davis, who had played well at center with Dwight Howard sidelined, sustained a sprained right knee in the first quarter and didn’t return. Howard has missed the last four games with a herniated disk in his back.
at Sacramento 104, Portland 103: Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and made the winning jumper with 3.2 seconds left for the Kings. Thornton hit a 17-footer off an inbound pass before the Trail Blazers’ Raymond Felton missed a desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer.
at New Orleans 88, Memphis 75: Eric Gordon scored 18 points and the Hornets won for the fourth time in five games. Saints owner Tom Benson attended his first game since Friday’s announcement he had agreed to buy the Hornets from the NBA. He received a standing ovation.
at Denver 101, Houston 86: Arron Afflalo scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half for the in the opener of a crucial home-and-home set between playoff hopefuls. Ty Lawson scored 20 points for Denver, which has won five straight at home. Chase Budinger and Luis Scola each scored 19 to lead the Rockets, who lost their third straight game and saw their four-game road winning streak come to an end.
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