Late surge lifts Knicks past Timberwolves

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New York forward Carmelo Anthony tries to get past Ricky Rubio on Sunday. Anthony had 33 points.  KATHY KMONICEK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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New York forward Carmelo Anthony tries to get past Ricky Rubio on Sunday. Anthony had 33 points.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying the New York Knicks to a 94-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

New York trailed from the opening minutes until Anthony scored eight consecutive points down the stretch. He had scored just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in the first half, but had the final 12 for the Knicks to give them a 4-2 finish on their six-game homestand.

J.R. Smith added 19 points and Tyson Chandler had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

SPURS 129, MAVERICKS 91

In San Antonio, Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s season debut with a rout of Dallas.

Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi Leonard added 17, Tim Duncan 15 and Stephen Jackson 14 for the Spurs (21-8).

After missing the Mavericks’ first 27 regular-season games, Nowitzki entered with 6:28 left in the first quarter. Nowitzki underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 19 after battling soreness the previous season. The former MVP finished with eight points – going 3 for 4 from the field – and six rebounds in
20 minutes.

NETS 95, 76ERS 92

In New York, Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Gerald Wallace had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Brooklyn to a win over Philadelphia.

Deron Williams added 16 points to help the Nets end a six-game skid at home against the 76ers.

Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

JAZZ 97, MAGIC 93

In Orlando, Fla., Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 and Utah survived a fourth-quarter rally to slip past Orlando.

Arron Afflalo had 20 points, and Nik Vucevic added 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Orlando.


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