NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Kobe Bryant as the New York Knicks held off the Los Angeles Lakers 92-85.
Lin led the Knicks to their fourth consecutive win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left and some booming “MVP! MVP!” chants stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season.
Bryant finished with 34 points.
MAVERICKS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 97
In Minneapolis, Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping Dallas stave off a Minnesota rally with a victory.
In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Toronto beat Boston for its third win in the past 20 meetings with the Celtics.
Kevin Garnett scored 17 points, Paul Pierce had 12 and Brandon Bass 10 for the Celtics.
In Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Marreese Speights added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds and Memphis defeated Indiana.
In New Orleans, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid while handing New Orleans its eighth consecutive loss.
BULLS 95, BOBCATS 64
In Charlotte, N.C., Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and Chicago throttled Charlotte despite the absence of their leading scorer and reigning league MVP Derrick Rose.
In Washington, Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and LeBron James tallied 18 points and nine assists as Miami topped Washington.
JaVale McGee had a season-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wizards.
In Philadelphia, Chris Paul had 24 points, including the game-winning 17-footer with 3.2 seconds left, Blake Griffin added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Los Angeles defeated Philadelphia.
Elton Brand had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.
CAVALIERS 112 (OT)
In Cleveland, Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and made a big layup in overtime as Milwaukee rallied for a win over Cleveland, which was without rookie guard Kyrie Irving and lost center Anderson Varejao in the third quarter with a sprained wrist.
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Detroit routed New Jersey for its fourth consecutive victory.