New York Knicks remain perfect at home with victory over Cleveland

New York Knicks 103, Cleveland Cavaliers 102

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The Knicks' J.R. Smith tries to drive to the basket against the Cavaliers' CJ Miles.  BILL KOSTROUN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Knicks' J.R. Smith tries to drive to the basket against the Cavaliers' CJ Miles.

NEW YORK — Raymond Felton scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had 23, and the New York Knicks overcame Kyrie Irving’s career-high 41 points and the absence of Carmelo Anthony to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-102 on Saturday night.

The Knicks won their fourth in a row when Anderson Varejao missed the second of two free throws with 1 second left. They improved the NBA’s only unbeaten home record to 10-0, their best start since the 1991-92 team won its first 11 at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony missed the game after spraining his left ankle Thursday in the third quarter of a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. But Chandler scored 21 in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Felton and Jason Kidd combined for 15 assists.

MAGIC 107, BOBCATS 98

In Charlotte, N.C., Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo each scored 20 points as Orlando handed the Bobcats their 11th consecutive loss.

Jameer Nelson added 16 points and six assists and J.J. Redick had 14 points, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch for the Magic, who’ve won three of their past four.

HEAT 102, WIZARDS 72

In Miami, LeBron James had 23 points and 10 rebounds, as the Heat never trailed.

Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade each scored 13 for Miami, which outscored Washington 29-10 in the third quarter to build a 33-point lead. James had 16 points alone in the third, ensuring he would finish with at least 20 points for the 26th consecutive regular-season game and 42nd consecutive game overall dating to last season.

PACERS 88, PISTONS 77

In Auburn Hills, Mich., David West had 23 points and George Hill added 18 points and seven assists to lead Indiana.

The win put the Pacers two games over .500 for the first time this season.

BULLS 83, NETS 82

In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and helped force a key turnover as the Bulls held off Brooklyn.

Deron Williams missed a jumper with five seconds for the Nets that would’ve tied it. Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.

Noah and Luol Deng trapped Joe Johnson late in the game, resulting in one of Brooklyn’s 18 turnovers. Deng turned the mistake into a basket that tied it at 79.

Brook Lopez had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which played for the fourth time in five days.

TIMBERWOLVES 114,

MAVERICKS 106 (OT)

In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio made a triumphant return to the court with nine assists and eight points in 19 minutes, energizing Minnesota in a victory over Dallas.

Andrei Kirilenko scored five of his 14 points in overtime while Rubio watched from the bench because of a minutes restriction on his surgically repaired left knee.


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