NEW YORK — The New York Knicks romped to their first Atlantic Division title since 1994, getting 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and beating the Washington Wizards 120-99 on Tuesday night for their 13th consecutive victory.
Anthony put this one away with 21 points during the Knicks’ 37-point third quarter that gave them a 95-71 lead. The NBA’s scoring leader added eight rebounds and six assists while becoming the first Knick since newly elected Hall of Famer Bernard King with five consecutive 35-point games.
Iman Shumpert, a former Georgia Tech standout, added 18 points for the Knicks, who made a franchise record 20 3-pointers. J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each added 17 points.
On their longest winning streak since winning 15 in a row from March 1 to April 2, 1994, the Knicks can tie the franchise record of 18 in a row, set early in their first NBA championship season of 1969-70, by winning their final five games.
The Knicks have won or shared six division titles, but had gone nearly two decades without looking at the rest of the Atlantic from the top.
John Wall scored 33 points for the Wizards.
HEAT 94, BUCKS 83
In Miami, LeBron James scored 28 points in 30 minutes, Udonis Haslem had his first double-double of the season and the Heat moved a step closer to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs by topping Milwaukee.
The Heat tied a franchise single-season record by winning for the 61st time, getting there with five games remaining. Miami needs only one more win or one San Antonio loss to clinch the top overall seed for the entirety of the playoffs.
Haslem finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, which played without an injured Dwyane Wade and an ill Chris Bosh. Norris Cole and Ray Allen each scored 11 for the Heat.
Brandon Jennings scored 30 points for the Bucks.
NETS 104, 76ERS 83
In New York, Brook Lopez had 29 points and 11 rebounds, Reggie Evans added 17 points and 24 boards, and Brooklyn firmly held their ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a victory over Philadelphia.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 11 points apiece for the Nets, who began the day with a two-game lead over Chicago for the No. 4 seed in the East and home-court advantage against their likely first round foe.
Nick Young had 18 points for Philadelphia.
PACERS 99, CAVALIERS 94
In Indianapolis, George Hill scored 27 points and David West added 15 to help Indiana rally from a 20-point deficit and beat Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Indiana native Tyler Zeller had 18 for Cleveland.