Amare Stoudemire made all seven shots in the first half and Carmelo Anthony passed and shot well as the host New York Knicks shook off the surprising departure of their coach to rout the Portland Trail Blazers 121-79 yesterday, snapping a six-game losing streak.
Anthony, who denied wanting a trade or having friction with former coach Mike D'Antoni earlier yesterday, had 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and tied a season high with seven assists. Stoudemire finished with 17 points and shot 8 of 10, before both stars sat out the fourth quarter while the Knicks rang up their highest point total of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Gerald Wallace each scored 15 points for the Trail Blazers.
LAKERS 107, HORNETS 101, OT
At New Orleans, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points as the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth straight game and second straight in overtime.
For the second night in a row, the Lakers climbed out of a double-digit hole in the second half to force an extra period. On Tuesday night, they came back from 17 down to win at Memphis in double-overtime. The Hornets also led by as many as 17 late in the second quarter and 15 in the second half.
Andrew Bynum added 25 points and Pau Gasol 18 for Los Angeles.
Jarrett Jack scored 30 for New Orleans.
SPURS 122, MAGIC 111
At San Antonio, Dwight Howard had 22 points and 12 rebounds while losing what could be his last game with Orlando.
Howard, who said before the game he won't surrender his right to become a free agent this summer, had 22 points and 12 rebounds on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.
Tony Parker had 31 points and 12 assists, and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs closed a seven-game homestand by hosting the NBA's biggest drama.
PACERS 111, 76ERS 94
At Indianapolis, Danny Granger scored 20 points as Indiana shot a season-high 57 percent from the field to win its second straight.
David West scored 18 points, George Hill had 17 and Roy Hibbert added 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Pacers, who outrebounded the 76ers 37-26.
Evan Turner scored 21 points, Jrue Holiday had 17, Elton Brand added 16 and Andre Iguodala had 10 points and nine assists for the 76ers.
NETS 98, RAPTORS 84
At Newark, New Jersey, Kris Humphries had 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to lead New Jersey past Toronto.
Former D-League star Gerald Green tied his season high by scoring 20 of his 26 points in the second half as the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak. Anthony Morrow added 15 points for New Jersey, which shot 48 percent from the field.
James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless had 16 points apiece for Toronto, which was limited to 38 second-half points, including 15 in the third quarter when the Nets took the lead.
ROCKETS 107, BOBCATS 87
At Houston, Luis Scola scored 23 points, and Goran Dragic had 14 points and 10 assists as Houston routed league-worst Charlotte.
Samuel Dalembert added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Hill scored 14 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rockets, who've won two in a row after dropping six of their previous seven games.
Derrick Brown scored 15 to lead the Bobcats, who've lost 20 of 23 road games this season.
BUCKS 115, CAVALIERS 105
At Milwaukee, Drew Gooden had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second career triple-double to lead Milwaukee over Cleveland.
Gooden completed the triple-double with a rebound near the end of the third quarter. Gooden also had a triple-double against the Cavaliers last April, marking the last time the Bucks had a player accomplish the feat.
Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points before fouling out for the Bucks, who have won four straight.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points for the Cavaliers, who lost their second in a row.
BULLS 106, HEAT 102
At Chicago, John Lucas III scored 24 points, as Chicago beat Miami without Derrick Rose in a charged showdown between the Eastern Conference's top two teams.
The Bulls built a 16-point lead in the second quarter, were up 11 at halftime and boosted it back to 17 in the third after a push by Miami. They then hung on after Miami pulled within two in the closing minute for their 11th win in 12 games.
Even better, they won without their superstar, and they did it on a night when Dwyane Wade scored 36 and LeBron James finished with 35 points for the Heat.
PISTONS 124, KINGS 112
At Sacramento, California, Rodney Stuckey scored 35 points and Greg Monroe had 32 for Detroit, which used a huge third-quarter effort to pull away from Sacramento.
Stuckey led the Pistons' 40-23 effort in the third quarter, connecting on four 3-pointers and scoring 19 points as the Pistons built their lead to 97-81 entering the fourth. Detroit made 15 of 20 shots for their highest points total in a quarter this season, and the Pistons never let the lead get below eight points in the fourth.
Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Kings, but left the game and didn't return after a hard fall in the fourth quarter. Jason Thompson had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings, losers of three straight games.
CELTICS 105, WARRIORS 103
At Oakland, California, Kevin Garnett scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking jumper with 5.1 seconds left that led Boston over Golden State.
Brandon Bass added a season-high 22 points, Paul Pierce and Mickael Pietrus each chipped in 15 and Rajon Rondo dished out 14 assists for the Celtics.
Rookie Klay Thompson led the Warriors with a season-high 26 points, David Lee added 22 and Nate Robinson had 20 points and 11 assists.
CLIPPERS 96, HAWKS 82
At Los Angeles, Mo Williams scored 25 points and fellow reserve Eric Bledsoe added 14 on a relatively quiet night by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, leading the Los Angeles Clippers over Atlanta.
The victory kept the Clippers within two games of the Lakers in the race for the Pacific Division lead. Griffin had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Paul contributed 13 points and nine assists.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 19 points, and Josh Smith added 18.
SUNS 120, JAZZ 111
At Phoenix, Channing Frye scored 26 points and Marcin Gortat had 25 as Phoenix overcame a 13-point deficit to beat Utah.
Jared Dudley added 21 points and Steve Nash finished with 12 points and 16 assists for Phoenix. The Suns have won six of their past seven at home, and have trailed by double digits in all six wins.
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap each scored 18 points for Utah, which has lost six straight against Phoenix.