Anthony leads Knicks past rival Nets

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Carmelo Anthony goes up for two of his 31 points against Gerald Wallace during the Knicks' 100-86 win over the rival Nets.   MARY ALTAFFER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Carmelo Anthony goes up for two of his 31 points against Gerald Wallace during the Knicks' 100-86 win over the rival Nets.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points in his return to the lineup, and the New York Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-86 on Wednesday night in the third meeting this season between the city rivals.

After two tight games in Brooklyn, the Knicks turned the first one at Madison Square Garden into a rout by dominating the second half.

Joe Johnson scored 17 points for the Nets.

RAPTORS 97, PISTONS 91

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, Alan Anderson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Raptors beat Detroit, extending their winning streak to four games.

Greg Monroe scored a career-high 35 for the Pistons.

CELTICS 103, CAVALIERS 91

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 25 of his season-high 40 points in the second half, hitting 10 of his 11 shots after halftime, and the Celtics beat Cleveland to snap a three-game skid.

Rajon Rondo added 20 points and eight assists for the Celtics. Jason Terry added 15 points.

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points for the Cavs, who played without Anderson Varejao, the NBA’s leading rebounder who sat out with a bruised knee.

PACERS 104, JAZZ 84

In Indianapolis, reserve guard Gerald Green scored a season-high 21 points, and Paul George had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to help Indiana beat Utah.

George Hill also scored 20 and had five assists for the Pacers, who matched their largest victory margin of the season and won for the fourth time in five games.

Former Georgia Tech standout Derrick Favors scored 16 points for the Jazz.

MAGIC 90, WIZARDS 83

In Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick scored 17 points and fellow reserve E’Twaun Moore had 15 to lead the Magic over Washington.

Redick hit four 3-pointers and Arron Afflalo had 15 points as Orlando won its fourth in a row.

Nene had 20 points in a reserve role for the Wizards, who lost their fifth in a row.

The Magic took a 76-63 lead into the fourth quarter but started the period shooting 3 for 15, giving the Wizards an opening they failed to capitalize on. Washington pulled to 85-81 with 4:02 left, but the Wizards couldn’t score on their next three possessions.

ROCKETS 25, 76ERS 103

In Houston, James Harden scored 33 points and Jeremy Lin added 18 as the Rockets beat Philadelphia.

Omer Asik had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Houston.

Nick Young lead the 76ers with 21 points.


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