ORLANDO, Fla. — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, and J.R. Smith and Raymond Felton each added 21 as the New York Knicks held off the Orlando Magic 99-89 Tuesday night.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the Knicks, extending their NBA-best start. It’s also New York’s first 5-0 start since it started the 1993-94 season 7-0 and reached the NBA Finals.
The Knicks remain the league’s only unbeaten team.
J.J. Redick led Orlando with 18 points, with Arron Afflalo scored 13 for a Magic team that was stunted by 20 turnovers that led to 24 New York points.
BOBCATS 92, WIZARDS 76
In Charlotte, N.C., Ramon Sessions scored 21 points and Charlotte beat winless Washington (0-6) to win back-to-back games for the first time since last December.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds before leaving in the fourth quarter to ice down a sore back. Kemba Walker battled inconsistent shooting but finished with 17 points for the Bobcats (3-3).
It marked the first time the Bobcats have won two consecutive games since taking the final contest of the 2010-11 season and the first of last season.
NETS 114, CAVALIERS 101
In New York, Deron Williams had 26 points and 10 assists, Joe Johnson scored 25 points, and Brooklyn beat Cleveland for its third consecutive victory.
Brook Lopez added 23 points for the Nets, who opened a 20-point lead at home for the third consecutive game and beat the Cavaliers for the sixth time in eight meetings.
Anderson Varejao scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who were wrapping up a six-game, coast-to-coast trip. They haven’t played there since Nov. 2, their second game of the season, and dropped the final four games of the trip.
RAPTORS 74, PACERS 72
In Indianapolis, DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points and Jose Calderon had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Toronto over Indiana.
George Hill scored 18 points and Paul George had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Pacers, who have lost four of their past five.
TRADE: The Charlotte Bobcats acquired forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets for guard Matt Carroll.
OBITUARY: The Memphis Grizzlies announced that assistant general manager Kenny Williamson has died of cancer. He was 65.
The Grizzlies released a statement Tuesday after Williamson’s wife, Nicole, notified team officials that he had died overnight.
Williamson, nicknamed “Eggman,” had just begun his sixth season with the Grizzlies. He previously spent three seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats.