ATLANTA — Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points, Raymond Felton had three consecutive baskets in a key spurt, and the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-82 on Wednesday night for their 10th win in a row.
Anthony, coming off a 50-point effort against Miami on Tuesday, scored 24 points in the first half. He shot 17 of 27 from the field and was 5 for 6 from the free-throw line.
Felton sparked a 12-2 run that turned a tie game into an 84-74 Knicks lead.
Atlanta missed an opportunity to move into a tie for fourth in the East and wasted a 25-point effort by Kyle Korver, who came up two points short of his season high.
NETS 113, CAVALIERS 95
In Cleveland, Deron Williams scored 24 points and Brooklyn ended an eight-game road trip by crushing the Cavaliers, giving the Nets a record for road wins in a season.
The Nets shot 83 percent (15 of 18) in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cavs 38-16 and opened a
30-point lead without much of a fight. Brooklyn’s 21 road wins are the most for the franchise.
Cavs All-Star guard Kyrie Irving scored 16 points.
CELTICS 98, PISTONS 93
In Boston, Jeff Green scored 34 points, including a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to snap Boston’s two-minute scoring drought, and the Celtics clinched a playoff berth by beating Detroit.
Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass scored 17 apiece for the Celtics, who had lost two in a row and seven of their previous nine. But the victory, coupled with Philadelphia’s 88-83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, left Boston 8½ games ahead of the 76ers with eight games to play.
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons.
BOBCATS 88, 76ERS 83
In Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson scored 24 points, Kemba Walker had 17 points, 10 assists and five steals, and the Bobcats snapped Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak.
Damien Wilkins had 20 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers.
RAPTORS 88, WIZARDS 78
In Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Raptors beat Washington.
John Wall had 20 points for the Wizards.
TIMBERWOLVES 107, BUCKS 98
In Milwaukee, Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and Ricky Rubio added 18 points, 12 assists and eight steals to lead Minnesota over the Bucks.
Ersan Ilyasova had 29 points and 12 reboundsfor Milwaukee.