Knicks win fifth in a row

Amare Stoudemire goes up for a dunk against Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young during the Knicks' victory over the 76ers.

PHILADELPHIA — Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their fifth consecutive victory, 82-79 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.


Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 10 to help the Knicks pull within three games of the Atlantic Division leaders.

Elton Brand had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers.


In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant had 32 points and nine rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 19 points and the Thunder shut down Blake Griffin and beat Los Angeles.

Griffin went just 3 for 11 from the field.


In Toronto, John Lucas scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Chicago rallied to beat Toronto.

The Bulls won for the fourth time in five games without Derrick Rose, who is still sidelined with a sore right groin.

MAGIC 103, SUNS 93

In Orlando, Fla., Ryan Anderson hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points, and Dwight Howard added 28 points and 16 rebounds to help Orlando hold off Phoenix.

SPURS 116,


In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the Spurs beat Minnesota despite playing most of the game without All-Star guard Tony Parker.

Parker left with tightness in his left hamstring with 8:03 remaining in the first half.


In Newark, N.J., Nene had 22 points and 10 rebounds in his Washington debut, and the Wizards defeated New Jersey in a game marred by the third-quarter ejections of Nets’ All-Star point guard Deron Williams and head coach Avery Johnson.

Williams and Johnson were tossed by referee Josh Tiven with 5:18 left in the quarter for arguing a non-call on a Williams’ drive to the basket seconds earlier. Tiven appeared to call all four technical fouls, getting Williams first and then the coach after his best player was ejected.


In New Orleans, rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, David Lee added 25 and Golden State ended a four-game losing streak.

Former Georgia Tech standout Jarrett Jack had his first career triple double for the Hornets with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.



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