Knicks 89, Pistons 85
Carmelo Anthony's three straight 3-pointers in a 15-0 third-quarter run were just what the Knicks thought they needed to break away from the Detroit Pistons.
"Coming out of halftime, we said we just need one run to just separate ourselves," Anthony said.
But to win it, they needed Anthony to grab one big rebound against a bigger front line, then hit a couple of finishing free throws.
Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the third, then put it away with two free throws with 2.9 seconds left as the Knicks handed the Pistons a season-high fifth straight loss on Tuesday night.
Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and six assists in his return from injury for the Knicks, who came home from a 2-1 Texas swing and held on after blowing most of the 17-point lead they built while outscoring the Pistons 32-17 in the third quarter.
Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks overcome the absence of an ill Tyson Chandler to beat the Pistons at Madison Square Garden for the eighth straight time.
Josh Smith had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while Andre Drummond finished with 12 points and 17 boards.
The Pistons were 3 of 19 on 3-pointers and badly missed reserve guard Rodney Stuckey, who missed his third straight game with a sore shoulder, because starters Brandon Jennings and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot a combined 3 for 18.
"We had a very good effort," coach Maurice Cheeks said. "We were able to fight back, but we couldn't make any shots at the end."
Anthony finally brought some offense to an ugly game in the third. He drilled three in a row from behind the arc, the first two from nearly the same spot in front of old teammate and current Pistons assistant coach Rasheed Wallace, to make it 58-49. Felton followed with a jumper before Anthony dunked to cap a 15-0 spurt and give the Knicks a 62-49 advantage.
Jennings ended the run with Detroit's first 3-pointer of the game, but Amare Stoudemire and Anthony had baskets before Iman Shumpert converted a three-point play when Greg Monroe made a feeble attempt to foul him, as the lead ballooned to 69-52.
The Pistons had six baskets and seven turnovers in the period, which ended with the Knicks leading 73-58.
Detroit put together an 11-3 run to cut it to 86-85 on Charlie Villanueva's free throw with 46 seconds left. The Pistons got a chance for the lead after Anthony was charged with an offensive foul, but Smith was woefully short on a jumper with 9.9 seconds left that Cheeks wished had been a drive to the basket instead.
"I didn't get the shot I wanted. I'm still beating myself up for that," Smith said. "I could've been a little more aggressive and try to put the initiative on the referees to make a call. It was a shot that is definitely going to be with me until the next game so I can get it out of my head."
Felton was fouled and missed the second free throw, but Anthony came away with the rebound, was fouled and made both.
Jazz 112, Thunder 101
Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 37 points, including Utah's final 17 points, to help the Jazz overcome Kevin Durant's 48 points and beat Oklahoma City.
After the Thunder sliced a 24-point Jazz lead to 99-94, Hayward made five straight jumpers — two of them 3-pointers — in his personal 17-7 run to clinch Utah's fourth straight home win.
Hayward went 13 for 16 from the field and had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Derrick Favors had 15 and Marvin Williams scored 12 as the Jazz snapped the Thunder's eight-game road winning streak.
Without Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, Durant took the ball nearly every possession in the fourth quarter. He made 11 of 13 from the line in the final 12 minutes while matching this season's NBA-high scoring total that he set against the Timberwolves on Saturday.
Heat 107, Pelicans 88
LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade had 22 to power Miami to the win.
It was the 10th 30-point game of the season for James. The Heat are 9-1 when he scores that many.
Chris Andersen was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 15 points, and Chris Bosh added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Heat (27-8), who trailed by 11 points early in the third quarter.
Miami then outscored New Orleans 59-26 over the next 20 minutes, the run ending when James, Wade and Bosh departed for the night with about 3 minutes left.
Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 22 points and 12 rebounds, most of his numbers coming in the first half. Eric Gordon scored 15 and Tyreke Evans added 13 for New Orleans (15-18).
Spurs 110, Grizzlies 108 (OT)
Manu Ginobili scored on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, lifting San Antonio to the road win.
Mike Conley had an opportunity to win the game for Memphis, but his 25-footer fell short.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 24 points, while Marco Belinelli added 19 and Kawhi Leonard had 17.
Conley had 30 points for the Grizzlies.
Memphis trailed by 16 with five minutes left in regulation, and then used a 23-7 run to force overtime. Conley hit a runner at the end of regulation after Ginobili had scored on a layup.
San Antonio played without center Tiago Splitter, who sprained his right shoulder in Saturday's win over the Clippers and is out for three to five weeks.
Pacers 86, Raptors 79
Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Danny Granger matched his season high with 13, helping Indiana to its third consecutive win.
The NBA-leading Pacers (28-6) held the Raptors to a season low in points.
Toronto (16-17) has lost two straight on the road — at Miami and Indiana — after winning four straight. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan with 28 points and Patrick Patterson with 20 against a Pacers team that looked more like itself after losing north of the border last week.
Indiana had a 40-26 scoring advantage in the paint and limited the Raptors to 37 percent shooting from the field. And instead of struggling in the second half, the Pacers pulled away.
They closed the first half on an 8-3 spurt to take a 44-36 lead they extended to 17 in the third.
Mavericks 110, Lakers 97
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Dallas avoided its longest home losing streak in 14 years.
The Mavericks had lost four straight at home, the last victory in their arena coming against Memphis the week before Christmas.
Los Angeles lost for the eighth time in nine games.
Nowitzki had three baskets on passes from Gal Mekel in a 59-second span early in the second quarter to put Dallas up 43-39. Nowitzki started the span with a running layup before consecutive 11-foot jumpers that sandwiched a 3-pointer by Jodie Meeks.
Meeks led the Lakers with 24 points.
Bulls 92, Suns 87
Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls won their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade.
Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth victory in eight games. D.J. Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 13. Tony Snell added 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that extended the lead to 13.
Chicago dealt Deng to Cleveland late Monday night after the two-time All-Star turned down a proposed contract extension, a move that hurts in the short term but gives the Bulls flexibility to add to their roster down the road. It also could also help knock them into the lottery, although that's far from a sure thing given the weak state of the Eastern Conference.
Goran Dragic scored 21 for Phoenix, but the Suns simply couldn't get into gear after winning 11 of their previous 14.
Warriors 101, Bucks 80
David Lee had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Golden State to its 10th straight win.
Lee was 10 of 12 from the field for the Warriors, who have their longest winning streak since their NBA-title season in 1975. Stephen Curry contributed 15 points for the Warriors despite connecting on just 5 of 18 shots. Klay Thompson also scored 15 points.
The Warriors, playing their sixth game of a seven-city trip, led by just two at the half against the Bucks, who have the NBA's worst record.
Golden State broke open the game with a 23-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by a step-back 3-pointer from the corner by Curry.
Ersan Ilyasova had 20 points and Brandon Knight 18 for the Bucks.
Cavaliers 111, 76ers 93
C.J. Miles set a team record with 10 3-pointers and scored a season-high 34 points, leading the Cavaliers to the victory.
Miles made eight 3s in the first half, when the Cavs opened a 26-point lead that allowed them to coast to a rare easy win. He notched his ninth with 9:53 left and drained No. 10 with 9:17 remaining. He went 10 of 14 from outside the arc.
Cleveland's second victory in 10 games came hours after the club acquired forward Luol Deng from Chicago in a trade for center Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. Deng wasn't in uniform, but Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned after missing three games with a bruised left knee and finished with 16 points.
Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored a season-high 33.
Kings 123, Trail Blazers 119
DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 13 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 32 points and the Kings held off a furious rally to beat the Trail Blazers.
Cousins and Gay provided the spark for a 32-12 run at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters that put Sacramento ahead by 19 points. Gay fouled out with 4:12 remaining, and the Blazers nearly rallied back.
Damian Lillard scored 26 of his 41 points in the final period to pull Portland within two in the final minute. But the Kings made just enough free throws to hold off the Blazers, who have lost four of their last six games.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and eight rebounds, and Nicolas Batum finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while playing with a fractured left middle finger in Portland's latest loss.
Wizards 97, Bobcats 83
Bradley Beal scored 21 points, and Washington had five players score in double figures in the victory.
Marcin Gortat added 18 points and John Wall had 17 for the Wizards. Gortat added 12 rebounds while helping hold Charlotte center Al Jefferson to six points on 3-of-9 shooting.
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with a season-high 27 points. Kemba Walker added 19 and Ramon Sessions 10 as they fell to 15-21 with their sixth loss in seven games. The Bobcats dropped to 8-11 at home.
The Wizards (15-17) used a 17-0 run in the third quarter — when the Bobcats went scoreless for more than six minutes — to take control of what was a close game. Wall helped ignite the decisive run when he grabbed a loose ball as the 24-second shot clock wound down and hit a 3-point shot from 35 feet.