Carmelo Anthony likely to rest after clinching victory

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NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony and his sore left shoulder will probably get tonight off.

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New York's Carmelo Anthony drives to the basket past Indiana's David West during the second half. Anthony had 25 points as the Knicks earned the East's No. 2 seed.  SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SETH WENIG/ASSOCIATED PRESS
New York's Carmelo Anthony drives to the basket past Indiana's David West during the second half. Anthony had 25 points as the Knicks earned the East's No. 2 seed.

The New York Knicks have earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and with it the chance the rest some aching bodies.

Anthony scored 25 points on 9 fo 23 shooting against the rugged Indiana defense, and the Knicks wrapped up the second spot with a 90-80 victory over the Pacers on Sunday.

The Knicks are back on the court tonight at Charlotte, but Anthony doesn’t think he’ll be joining them with nothing left to play for in the regular season.

The Knicks will play host to seventh-seeded Boston next weekend.

Lance Stephenson scored 22 points for the Pacers.

HEAT 105, BULLS 93

In Miami, LeBron James scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and the Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season, topping Chicago.

Mario Chalmers and Chris Andersen each scored 15 for Miami, which improved to 36-4 at home – topping the 35-6 mark by the 2004-05 Heat.

Carlos Boozer finished with 16 points and 20 rebounds for the Bulls.

RAPTORS 93, NETS 87

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points, Rudy Gay had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Raptors won their third consecutive game, never trailing in a victory over Brooklyn.

Deron Williams scored 30 points for the Nets, whose four-game winning streak was snapped.

76ERS 91, CAVALIERS 77

In Philadelphia, Dorell Wright scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the 76ers over Cleveland.

Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

NUGGETS 118,

TRAIL BLAZERS 109

In Denver, Andre Iguodala scored 28 points and the Nuggets set an NBA franchise record with their 55th win.

Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points.

ROCKETS 121, KINGS 100

In Houston, James Harden had 29 points and nine assists, and the Rockets cruised past Sacramento.

John Salmons scored 14 points for the Kings.

MAVERICKS 107, HORNETS 89

In New Orleans, Shawn Marion had 21 points, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 and Dallas beat the Hornets 107-89.

Ryan Anderson led Hornets with 20.

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