NBA ROUNDUP: Anthony goes for 62
Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high and franchise-record 62 points, most at the current Madison Square Garden, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 125-96, on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak.
Anthony made 23 of 35 shots, one when he leapt from halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer, and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA’s highest-scoring performance this season.
Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Kevin Durant’s previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break Bernard King’s Knicks record of 60 points and Kobe Bryant’s arena record of 61, set five years ago.
It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer.
THUNDER 101, CELTICS 83: NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season and Serge Ibaka scored 21 points to lead Oklahoma City to a victory over Boston. It was the Western Conference-leading Thunder’s sixth straight victory. The Thunder were playing with neither Durant nor Westbrook for the first time since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, WARRIORS 120: Kevin Martin hit a step-back jumper with 8.4 seconds left, lifting Minnesota over Golden State for its third straight victory. Martin finished with 26 points despite playing with a cut on his right pinkie.
PACERS 116, KINGS 111: Paul George scored eight of his 36 points in overtime and Indianapolis defeated Sacramento. The Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit and rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Indiana outscored the Kings 13-8 in overtime to avoid a rare two-game losing streak. Marcus Thornton scored 42 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the Kings.
PELICANS 103, PISTONS 101: Eric Gordon’s driving layup with 1.9 seconds left gave New Orleans a victory over Detroit. The Pistons blew a 16-point third-quarter lead, and inexplicably didn’t call time after Gordon’s winning shot. Instead, Brandon Jennings rushed a shot from midcourt that missed while coach Maurice Cheeks stood yelling for a timeout.
SPURS 105, HAWKS 79: Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta, and the San Antonio coasted to a win over the short-handed Hawks. Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker didn’t return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third quarter.
RAPTORS 104, 76ERS 95: Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help Toronto beat the Philadelphia. DeRozan scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
MAGIC 114, LAKERS 105: Tobias Harris had 28 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lift Orlando to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Arron Afflalo added 23 points and Jameer Nelson scored 22 as the Magic won for only the second time in their last 14 games.
NETS 107, MAVERICKS 106: Mirza Teletovic scored 24 of his 34 points in the second quarter and Deron Wiliams had 18 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn beat Dallas for its fourth straight win. The Nets improved to an NBA best 9-1 in January.
GRIZZLIES 88, ROCKETS 87: Courtney Lee scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 15 and Memphis held off Houston. Mike Miller drew an offensive foul to give Houston the ball back with 8.3 seconds left. But Patrick Beverley shot an air ball 3-point attempt under heavy pressure to give the Grizzlies the victory. It is the first win for Memphis over a Southwest Division opponent after it started the season 0-10 in the division.
CLIPPERS 112, BULLS 95: Blake Griffin had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a victory over Chicago. Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field.
CAVALIERS 93, BUCKS 78: Anderson Varejao scored 16 points and Kyrie Irving had 10 points and 10 assists, leading Cleveland over Milwaukee. Varejao scored eight points to spark a 12-2 run that gave Cleveland a 64-46 lead late in the third quarter. Irving, named an All-Star starter for the first time Thursday, had seven assists in the second half.
WIZARDS 101, SUNS 95: Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Bradley Beal sank a pair of crucial shots down the stretch and Washington opened a four-game road trip with a victory over Phoenix.