Injured Knicks ride Anthony
’Melo drops 28 for shorthanded NY
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, his highest total in two months, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 89-80, Monday night without injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin to increase their lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Shortly after learning Stoudemire was lost indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back, the Knicks opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Bucks.
Baron Davis scored 13 points in his first start in place of Lin, who has a sore right knee. Tyson Chandler also had 13 and Iman Shumpert 11 as the Knicks overcame the absences of their second- and third-leading scorers.
But they won this one with defense, limiting Milwaukee to 36.5 percent shooting and containing high-scoring guards Brandon Jennings (15 points) and Monta Ellis (4).
Pacers 105, Heat 90 - Danny Granger scored 25 points to help host Indiana beat Miami.
Darren Collison added 20 points, and Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
LeBron James had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 24 points and six assists for Miami.
Nuggets 108, Bulls 91 - Ty Lawson tied a season high with 27 points, Arron Afflalo added 22, and visiting Denver shot 50 percent to beat Chicago.
C.J. Watson scored 17 points for the Bulls. Chicago star Derrick Rose sat out his seventh straight game with a groin injury.
Magic 117, Raptors 101 - Ryan Anderson made a career-best eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to help Orlando win its third straight game, beating Toronto north of the border.
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Orlando came in leading the NBA in 3-pointers and hit 15 of 34 from beyond the arc in this one, two shy of its season high.
Rockets 113, Kings 106 - Patrick Patterson scored a career-high 24 points and Earl Boykins hit four free throws for Houston late in overtime to lead the host Rockets past Sacramento.
Boykins, who was signed by Houston earlier in the day, finished with 10 points in his first action of the season.
DeMarcus Cousins had a career-high 38 points and 14 rebounds.
Jazz 105, Nets 84 - Paul Millsap had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Utah shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat New Jersey in Newark.
Al Jefferson added 19 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz won for the seventh time in eight games.
Gerald Green led the Nets with 20 points. Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists against his former teammates on 7-of-21 shooting.
Pistons 79, Wizards 77 - Rodney Stuckey scored half of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning 20-foot jumper with 0.2 seconds left, and Detroit ended a five-game losing streak by beating Washington in the nation’s capital.