Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks shot 56% to end a streak of eight consecutive losses to the Miami Heat, beating their rivals, 98-90, Wednesday night in Miami.
In improving to 18-19, the Knicks surpassed their victory total from last season.
Anthony made nine of 12 from the field after going 10 for 29 in his first two games against Miami this season. Robin Lopez added a season-high 19 points for the Knicks, who won their third game in a row, and their second on the road in as many nights.
at San Antonio 123, Utah 98: The Spurs, who gave LaMarcus Aldridge the night off, had eight players in double figures as they improved to 21-0 at home.
Cleveland 121, at Washington 115: LeBron James scored 34 points, Kyrie Irving took over in the fourth quarter and the Cavaliers survived a second-half charge by the Wizards for their fifth straight victory. Irving scored 21 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter of just his seventh game of the season, including a run of 10 straight that put the game away.
Indiana 95, at Orlando 86: Paul George had 20 points and Monta Ellis scored nine of his 19 in the fourth quarter, leading the Pacers to their sixth win in a row over the Magic.
Detroit 99, at Boston 94: Reggie Jackson scored nine of his 24 points in the final quarter and the Pistons rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit.
Toronto 91, at Brooklyn 74: Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors handed the Nets their eighth straight home loss. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He made all seven shots inside the arc but was 0 for 7 from three-point range
Denver 78, at Minnesota 74: Danilo Gallinari had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the Nuggets end a six-game losing streak. Denver outscored the Timberwolves in the fourth quarter, 12-9.
Dallas 100, at New Orleans 91: Ray Felton scored 22 points as the Mavericks won despite resting four starters. Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle sat Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Zaza Pachulia and Wesley Matthews because of the minutes they logged in a double-overtime game a night earlier.
at Phoenix 111, Charlotte 102: Mirza Teletovic made five of the Suns’ season-high 19 three-pointers as Phoenix ended a nine-game skid while handing the Hornets their fifth loss in a row.
at Oklahoma City 112, Memphis 94: Kevin Durant had 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds after missing the previous game because of a sprained right big toe.
Clippers 109, at Portland 98