Knicks rout Magic to reach .500 mark

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NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks climbed above .500 for the first time since mid-January in overwhelming fashion, scoring 21 consecutive points in the third quarter and routing the Orlando Magic 108-86 on Wednesday.

Anthony and Iman Shum­pert each scored 25 points for New York (26-25), who won for the eighth time in nine games despite playing without the injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin. New York outscored Orlando 65-30 in the middle two quarters.

The Knicks moved 21/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and pulled within 21/2 of Philadelphia for first place in the Atlantic Division.

PISTONS 87, CAVALIERS 75

In Cleveland, Tayshaun Prince matched a season high with 29 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 16 to help Detroit hand the Cavaliers their fifth loss in a row.

Prince made four 3-pointers and added eight rebounds for the Pistons, who closed with an 11-4 run after the Cavs got within five.

CELTICS 94, JAZZ 82

In Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 14 assists to lead Boston.

The win helped Boston move into a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers atop the Atlantic Division.

NETS 100, PACERS 84

In Newark, N.J., Deron Williams had 30 points and nine assists as New Jersey beat Indiana in a game the Nets finished with eight healthy players.

The Nets started with 10 healthy players and lost starting center Shelden Williams with an injury to his right eye and backup center Jordan Williams with concussion-like symptoms.

T’WOLVES 88, BOBCATS 83

In Charlotte, N.C., Kevin Love had 40 points and 19 rebounds to carry Minnesota.

The Bobcats (7-41) remain the only team with fewer than 10 wins this season.

RAPTORS 105, NUGGETS 96

In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points, Jose Calderon had 10 points and 10 assists as the Raptors snapped a nine-game losing streak.

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