JR Smith and Steve Novak both scored 25 points for the Knicks, who overcame a season-high 43 points from Paul Pierce and moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference while trimming Boston’s division lead to 3 ½ games.
The Celtics would have wrapped up their fifth consecutive Atlantic title with a victory.
Instead, the Knicks staggered them with a record-tying 14 3-pointers in a 72-point first half and equaled their season high by finishing 19 of 32 behind the arc.
They improved to 14-5 under interim coach Mike Woodson.
PACERS 102, 76ERS 97
In Philadelphia, Danny Granger scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana to its sixth consecutive victory.
The Pacers won their fifth consecutivve road game and 10th of 11 overall and seem to be hitting their stride as the postseason nears.
The Pacers play their final four games on the road and, barring a complete collapse, should earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Iguodala scored 23 points for the Sixers in their third straight loss as they continue their late-season fade.
They lead idle Milwaukee by only 1½ games for the eighth and final spot in the East. The Sixers play their final five games on the road, including April 25 at Milwaukee.
GRIZZLIES 91, T’WOLVES 84
In Minneapolis, Rudy Gay had 28 points and nine rebounds to help Memphis withstand a weak start to the fourth quarter and beat Minnesota for the eighth consecutive time.
J.J. Barea scored a season-high 28 points on 5 for 9 shooting from 3-point range to go with eight assists and five rebounds, but the Timberwolves lost their 11th straight overall – and 27th consecutive game in April. They have three more tries this season to stop that streak.
PISTONS 116, CAVALIERS 77
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight had 28 points and seven assists, and Detroit routed Cleveland in one of the NBA’s most lopsided games of the season.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points for the Pistons and Jonas Jerebko scored 14. Detroit led 61-38 at halftime.